Judging a Book by its Album Cover: A Study of the Relationship Between Musical Preference and Personality

  • Louis Craig Dalrymple College of Arts & Science, Vanderbilt University

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between musical preference and personality. Despite an overall lack of research on this psychological aspect of music, a wide array of studies have indicated a strong relationship between musical preference and personality, income, criminality, and various other personal characteristics. Upon reviewing this related literature, it is clear that musical preference can be used as a reasonably good predictor of one’s personality. Furthermore, it is also clear that musical preference can often reveal a great deal about an individual’s lifestyle.

Author Biography

Louis Craig Dalrymple, College of Arts & Science, Vanderbilt University
Louis Craig Dalrymple, Jr. is a first-year student in the College of Arts & Science. He intends to complete an interdisciplinary major comprised of Financial Economics, Managerial Studies, Engineering Management, and Computer Science, as well a second major in Cognitive Studies. He was born in Oceanside, NY, and raised in Asheville, NC. His academic interests include finance, economics, psychology, and philosophy. He enjoys listening to and playing music, working on cars, riding motorcycles, and playing sports, among other activities. Upon graduating, he hopes to pursue a career in management consulting or investment banking.
Published
07-25-2009
How to Cite
DALRYMPLE, Louis Craig. Judging a Book by its Album Cover: A Study of the Relationship Between Musical Preference and Personality. Vanderbilt Undergraduate Research Journal, [S.l.], v. 5, july 2009. ISSN 1555-788X. Available at: <http://ejournals.library.vanderbilt.edu/index.php/vurj/article/view/2855>. Date accessed: 18 nov. 2017. doi: https://doi.org/10.15695/vurj.v5i0.2855.
Section
Humanities and Social Sciences

Keywords

Musical preference; personality; lifestyle; music; taste; predictability; correlation