Music Preference Dimensions and Personality Traits Among University Students


  • Summaira Naz Hazara University
  • Anila Kamal Quaid-i-Azam University
  • Mussarat Jabeen Khan International Islamic University
  • Humaira Bibi Hazara University


Music preference, dimensions, personality, traits, university students


The present study explored the relationship between music reference dimensions and personality trait. This study comprised of three stages.  In Stage-I, adaptation of Short Test of Music Preference Scale (STOMP; Rentfrow & Gosling, 2003) was done. In Stage-II the psychometric properties of adapted STOMP Scale and NEO-PI-R (Costa & McCrea, 1992) were determined on a sample of 60 students  (20-25 years). Stage-III involved measuring the relationship between music preference dimensions and personality traits on sample of  250 students age range of 20-25 years. Results revealed that extraversion, openness to experience, and agreeableness showed positive association with intense and rebellious music, upbeat and conventional music, and reflective and complex music. Whereas extraversion and openness to experience was negatively associated with energetic and rhythmic music. Additionally, neuroticism was negatively related with reflective and complex music, and agreeableness has negative relation with intense and rebellious music. Conscientiousness has negative relationship with reflective and complex, intense and rebellious, and upbeat and conventional; while exhibited positive relationship with energetic and rhythmic music. Future implications of the study were also discussed.


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