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Why you like the music you like

A photograph of Susan Rogers’s and Ogi Ogas’s new book, ‘This Is What It Sounds Likes: What the Music You Love Says About You.’
Mark Mirko
Connecticut Public

In record producer and neuroscientist Susan Rogers’s This Is What It Sounds Like: What the Music You Love Says About You, she writes, “The music that delivers the maximum gratification to you is determined by seven influential dimensions of musical listening.” Those seven dimensions are authenticity, realism, novelty, melody, lyrics, rhythm, and timbre.

This hour, we talk with Rogers about some of those seven dimensions, the role of the listener in music, and why we are drawn to some songs and not others.


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