How Shared Preferences in Music Create Bonds Between People: Values as the Missing Link
Contact: Ronald Fischer
People share similar values in different cultures and groups. Music preferences seem to be an expression of these values, creating bonds between people. This study looks at the function of music and how it is related to values that promote social interactions.
This study found:
- Music can create interpersonal bonds between young people. Music preferences can be cues for similar or dissimilar value orientations. Similar values then contribute to social
- Similarity in value orientations was more important for interpersonal attraction than similarity in other domains, such as background characteristics or personality traits
- Value similarity is the missing link in explaining the power of musical bonding. This has been found among Western and non-Western samples and in experimental and natural settings.
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