Australians are most likely to listen to music to impress other people, a new international study of musical preferences has found.
Psychologist Dr Adrian North of Curtin University, and music researcher Dr Jane Davidson of the University of Western Australia, report their findings in a recent issue of the Scandinavian Journal of Psychology.
“People in quite similar cultures are using music for different reasons from one another,” says North.
While researchers often study how musical taste varies between individuals and social groups, North and Davidson wanted to see how musical preferences differed across cultures.
“You only have to turn on the radio as you travel around the world to see that musical tastes do differ between different cultures,” says North.
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