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Music preferences predictability towards risky behavior

Dunkel, P.B.L. (2016) Music preferences predictability towards risky behavior.

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Abstract:To find the relationship between music preferences and risky behavior two questionnaires were used. Risky behavior was investigated via the Sensation Seeking questionnaire and the music preferences via a scaled list of 16 different music genres. The Sensation Seeking Scale consists of four subscales, which are Thrill & Adventure Seeking (TAS), Experience Seeking (ES), Disinhibition (DIS) and Boredom Susceptibility (BS). The 16 different music genres were grouped via a factor analysis into four music categories - electronic music, agitated music, urban music and jazz music. The assumption was that people scoring high on the Sensation Seeking Scale have a higher preference for electronic music than for other music genres. 126 respondents participated in this online study. To investigate the relationship between Sensation Seeking and music preferences a bivariate correlation analysis between the music categories and each Sensation Seeking Subscale was conducted. The findings of the analysis show a clear result. Mean scores of the electronic music category correlate strongly (statistically significant at α = .01) with each Sensation Seeking Subscale. This study is empirical evidence for the fact that people engaging in electronic music are more likely to show risky behavior than people engaging in other music genres.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:77 psychology
Programme:Psychology BSc (56604)
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