Personality Predicts Musical Sophistication
Journal of Research in Personality
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Greenberg, D. M., Müllensiefen, D., Lamb, M., & Rentfrow, P. (2015). Personality Predicts Musical Sophistication. Journal of Research in Personality, 58 154-158. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2015.06.002
There is little research on the role of personality in musical expertise. We address this gap in the literature by using data from a large national study (N = 7,870) to examine how scores on 10 facets of the Big Five dimensions of personality predicted self-reported musical sophistication and performance on two behavioral tests (melodic memory and rhythm perception). Personality predicted musical sophistication even after controlling for demographic variables and musicianship, with Openness to Aesthetics the best trait predictor. Substance use also predicted musical sophistication for various subscales and the behavioral tests. These findings replicated in both musician and non-musician subgroups.
music, sophistication, personality, perception, substance use, big five, expertise
The authors thank Robert R. McCrae for his helpful comments on an earlier draft. Data collection was made possible by the LabUK research unit of the British Broadcasting Corporation.
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2015.06.002
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/249030
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