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Why do you like the music you like? Science weighs in

By Nayantara Dutta

25 Sep 2022 · 3 min read

Editor's Note

Have you ever considered why you are drawn to your favorite genre? This article from the Post summarizes recent research, which suggests it is a combination of factors.

Have you wondered why you love a particular song or genre of music? The answer may lie in your personality, although other factors also play a role, researchers say.

Many people tend to form their musical identity in adolescence, around the same time that they explore their social identity. Preferences may change over time, but research shows that people tend to be especially fond of music from their adolescent years and recall music from a specific age period - 10 to 30 years with a peak at 14 - more easily.

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