Preference, Personality, and Emotion

Peter J. Rentfrow and Jennifer A. Mcdonald

in Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, Research, Applications

Published in print January 2010 | ISBN: 9780199230143
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191696435 | DOI:

Series: Handbook of Music and Emotion: Theory, Research, Applications

Preference, Personality, and Emotion

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This chapter attempts to shed some light on the notion that music preferences and personality are related. It begins with a brief introduction to studying music preferences and to personality psychology, followed by an overview of contemporary issues in personality psychology and why it is relevant to consider individual differences in music listening. It then provides a review of studies that have connected music genre preferences to personality traits and examines alternative ways of assessing music preferences. The chapter concludes with a thorough discussion of the current gaps in the music and personality literature and suggestions for future research in this emerging sub-field of music psychology.

Keywords: music preferences; personality psychology; music listening

Chapter.  12615 words. 

Subjects: Music Theory and Analysis

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