PHOTO:couple married in penguin exhibit//CHART: Rap fans have high self esteem, blues fans are creat

To break it down, here is the connection they have found:

Blues fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle and at ease 


Jazz fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing and at ease


Classical music fans have high self-esteem, are creative, introvert and at ease


Rap fans have high self-esteem and are outgoing


Opera fans have high self-esteem, are creative and gentle


Country and western fans are hardworking and outgoing


Reggae fans have high self-esteem, are creative, not hardworking, outgoing, gentle and at ease


Dance fans are creative and outgoing but not gentle


Indie fans have low self-esteem, are creative, not hard working, and not gentle


Bollywood fans are creative and outgoing


Rock/heavy metal fans have low self-esteem, are creative, not hard-working, not outgoing, gentle, and at ease


Chart pop fans have high self-esteem, are hardworking, outgoing and gentle, but are not creative and not at ease


Soul fans have high self-esteem, are creative, outgoing, gentle, and at ease

Of course, generalizing based on this study is very hard. However looking at the science of introverts and extroverts, there is some clear overlap.
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would never do that, but LOVE this photo of the couple getting married inside the penguin exhibit.  gives new meaning to the words penguin suit, or monkey suit.   also love that the bride is more into the penguins than the marriage ceremony.  this photo is totallllly cool.
music, at this minute i am a rap fan and i like adult contemporary which isn't on here.  a lot of the "indie" stars (independent label) also put out great music, more original and i like that they balk the system.  i like classical for shopping or studying.  dance music does a number on my heart nowadays, i can't listen to it most of the time because of high blood pressure.



A desire to make and listen to music is found in virtually every culture around the world, and dates back at least 43,000 years, when a Cro-Magnon in Europe pierced holes into a bear bone, creating a flute that has become the worlds oldest surviving musical instrument. There are good reasons music is so universal: Experiments have shown that our brains reaction to hearing favorite music most closely resembles what happens after we take psychoactive drugs or eat good food.

Now, neuroscientists are digging deeper into the neural patterns responsible for the fact that we love music so much. A new study published today in Science pinpoints the part of the human brain that makes new music in particular so pleasurable, showing that activity in the nucleus accumbenslocated near the organs center and shown in dark blue in the image at topis most closely linked to our enjoyment of a new tune.

It also reveals that a second area (in the auditory cortex, shown in yellow) is involved, encoding preferences based on the music we hear over time, making it more likely that well enjoy new songs that resemble those weve already heard.

The research team, led by Valorie Salimpoor of McGill University, came to the finding by using functional MRI (fMRI) technology, which measures blood flow to each part of the brain in real-time and is frequently used in neuroscientific inquiry. The neural activity of 19 participants was recorded as they listened to 60 songs theyd never heard before while lying in a fMRI scanner.

To specifically look into brain activity exhibited while people listened to new music they liked, thoughrather than any new music at allthe researchers introduced a twist: Each of the 19 study participants were able to buy any of the songs afterward, with real money. By including this step, the scientists had an objective measure of which songs each of the participants truly enjoyed and deemed worth purchasing.

They found that when participants listened to songs they ended up buying, neural activity increased most dramatically in their nucleus accumbens, a reward area that releases neurotransmitter chemicals that provoke positive feelingsthe same type of neural pathway that causes pleasure from food, drugs or sex. Moreover, the participants were allowed to bid varying amounts of money on each song ($0.99, $1.29 or $2, with greater amounts increasing the likelihood that theyd get to own it afterward), and the more a person ended up bidding on the song, the greater the level of activity in this region when the song was originally played, suggesting that the nucleus accumbens is crucial for generating the pleasure people get from hearing new music that they like.

Activity in the nucleus accumbens, though, also depended on signals coming from specific areas in the auditory cortex, which integrate sound stimuli and transmit them to the reward area. Previous work has shown that this cortex is involved in value-based judgements and preferences, so the scientists theorize our personal understanding of what sound patterns make for good music is stored in this area.

The neural patterns in this area can change over time, and are built out of habit, which is why different people have different musical preferences. The music you hear over the course of your life influences what new music youre likely to enjoy most in the future. Its a bit like Pandora for your brain: Just as the online service uses algorithms to guess what new music youll enjoy based on what you already like, this part of the auditory cortex draws upon encoded beliefs about what constitutes good music to activate the reward center, the nucleus accumbens.

So, while a love for music is nearly universal across humanity, this research could explain why particular kinds of new music different cultures (and different people) enjoy diverge wildlyfrom K-pop to monster ballads to the ritualistic chanting of Tibetan monks.