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Researchers compared the results from both studies to determine if they exhibited any patterns across the participant pool. The study says that those with a more empathetic nature enjoy genres of music that are more mellow, such as R&B and soft rock, "unpretentious" such as country and folk, and contemporary such as acid jazz and Euro pop. Those with a more "systematic" way of thinking who focus more on structure and rules in their thought patterns enjoy music that's more intense.

As the researchers dug a little deeper into the data, they came up with some more interesting findings about people's music preferences. The people from the empathy group also enjoy listening to music that exhibits less energy, more emotional depth and negative emotions such as sadness or depression. The music of the systematic thinkers are almost the opposite. They enjoy songs with more energy, positive emotions and "a high degree of cerebral depth and complexity," according to the statement.

Researchers also came up with a short list of popular rock, jazz and classical songs that fall in line with their study's results. The statement says that if you like Norah Jones' "Come Away With Me," Billie Holliday's "All of Me" and Queen's "Crazy Little Thing Called Love," you probably have more empathy. If you prefer listening to Antonio Vivaldi's "Concerto in C," The Sex Pistols' "God Save the Queen" and Metallica's "Enter Sandman," then you're probably more of a systematic thinker.

I wonder why Norah Jones, Billie Holliday, and Queen are preferred by people with empathy.

Or is it only those particular songs from them?

A little more about empathy vs systematic thinkers:

As the researchers dug a little deeper into the data, they came up with some more interesting findings about people's music preferences. The people from the empathy group also enjoy listening to music that exhibits less energy, more emotional depth and negative emotions such as sadness or depression. The music of the systematic thinkers are almost the opposite. They enjoy songs with more energy, positive emotions and "a high degree of cerebral depth and complexity," according to the statement.

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