Title

Testing the Correlation Between the Music Listened to In Childhood and Adolescent Personality/Behavior

School Name

Chapin High School

Grade Level

12th Grade

Presentation Topic

Psychology

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

The goal of this correlational study is to test the relationship between the music listened to in childhood (sub 11 years old) and personality of an adolescent. A survey is used to gather information on an individual's music listening habits as a child and a short measure of personality is also assessed. Two online surveys, the Short Test of Musical Preference (STOMP) created by Jason Rentfrow and Samuel Gosling, and the Five Factor Model of Personality (FFM) created by Robert McCrae and Paul Costa are merged together to create the custom survey used in this study. The surveys have scales that condense the questions of the survey into more manageable data. The music survey takes 23 genres and condenses it down to four dimensions, where the personality assessment takes 15 statements and condenses it down to five factors of personality. A Pearson’s test of correlation was conducted for each music dimension and five factor personality traits. The result is that there is a correlation between more heavy genres of music and negative personality traits, and vice versa. The implication of this research is that parents can avoid having their child listen to heavier genres of music at a young age, to avoid negative personality traits at a later age as an adolescent.

Location

Founders Hall 251 B

Start Date

3-30-2019 10:00 AM

Presentation Format

Oral and Written

Group Project

No

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Mar 30th, 10:00 AM

Testing the Correlation Between the Music Listened to In Childhood and Adolescent Personality/Behavior

Founders Hall 251 B

The goal of this correlational study is to test the relationship between the music listened to in childhood (sub 11 years old) and personality of an adolescent. A survey is used to gather information on an individual's music listening habits as a child and a short measure of personality is also assessed. Two online surveys, the Short Test of Musical Preference (STOMP) created by Jason Rentfrow and Samuel Gosling, and the Five Factor Model of Personality (FFM) created by Robert McCrae and Paul Costa are merged together to create the custom survey used in this study. The surveys have scales that condense the questions of the survey into more manageable data. The music survey takes 23 genres and condenses it down to four dimensions, where the personality assessment takes 15 statements and condenses it down to five factors of personality. A Pearson’s test of correlation was conducted for each music dimension and five factor personality traits. The result is that there is a correlation between more heavy genres of music and negative personality traits, and vice versa. The implication of this research is that parents can avoid having their child listen to heavier genres of music at a young age, to avoid negative personality traits at a later age as an adolescent.