Journal article

Personality and aesthetic preference in Spain and England: Two studies relating sensation seeking and openness to experience to liking for paintings and music

D Rawlings, NBI Vidal, A Furnham

European Journal of Personality | WILEY-BLACKWELL | Published : 2000


In two studies, one employing Spanish students and the other English students, questionnaire measures of Sensation Seeking and Openness to Experience were correlated with liking for major music types, several short music excerpts, and eight categories of painting (presented as slides). Inter-correlations between music preference measures, painting preference, and personality are reported. In both samples, the Sensation Seeking Scale (Form V) and, particularly, the Experience Seeking sub-scale were associated with a factor contrasting liking for 'hard rock' music and 'violent-abstract' art with liking for 'neutral-realistic' art and 'easy listening' music. Several substantial relationships be..

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