London: Develop a good taste of music if you want to sustain your relationship.  A new study has suggested that music actually predicts sexual attraction.

The most recent issue of Psychology of Music examines the link between identity, music and what makes people ''click''.
Research duo North and Hargraves say that music functions as a ''badge'' which people use to not only judge others but at the same time, to express their own ideas.

For instance, the child who wants to appear rebellious picks music that seems like it’s made by people who rebel.

This symbol of identity also helps you strike a balance between belonging but also being original.

Eventually however, you get into music that reflects your values.

According to researchers, rock is associated with social awareness and rebelliousness while pop is linked to values about gender roles and conformity.

Scholars Rentfrow and Gosling discovered that people who like blues, jazz, classical, and folk are liberal and more open to experiences.

The blog also points to a study, which found that a woman''s devotion to country music diminishes her attractiveness to a potential male mate and a man''s interest in country music make him less attractive to women.

But devotion to classical music and heavy metal rock has a different effect depending on if you’re a man or a woman.

"A date’s devotion to country music was found to diminish attraction in respondents of both genders. In contrast, devotion to classical music and to heavy metal rock proved to be gender specific,"  according to the study.

Researchers also revealed ,"Fascination with heavy metal rock greatly enhanced the appeal of men, but it proved detrimental to that of women. Adoration of classical music produced the reverse consequences.  It tended to facilitate the appeal of women, but to diminish that of men.”

It also found that men were more strongly attracted to women with whom they shared musical tastes.

(Courtesy: Mid-day.com)