The effects of personality and creativity on uses of music

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Surkova, Miroslava
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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This study aimed to explore the relationships between the Big Five personality traits, creativity, and individual differences in uses of music (i.e. when and why people choose to listen to music). A sample of one hundred and two people (N = 102) completed measures for the above constructs and data were analyzed using bivariate correlations and multiple regressions. Results showed that, in line with the hypotheses, personality traits Openness to Experience and Extraversion were significantly positively correlated, and predicted, Creativity. Neuroticism, in contrast, was found negatively linked to Creativity. Moreover, Openness to Experience and Extraversion were positively associated with Background uses of music. Both variables were also found to be predictive of uses of music for background purposes. Results are discussed with reference to previous findings on personality as determinants of creativity and different uses of music. Author keywords: Personality, big five, uses of music, creativity