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Title: Personality predicts words in favorite songs
Authors: Qiu, Lin
Chen, Jiayu
Ramsay, Jonathan
Lu, Jiahui
Keywords: Social sciences::Psychology
Issue Date: 2018
Source: Qiu, L., Chen, J., Ramsay, J., & Lu, J. (2019). Personality predicts words in favorite songs. Journal of Research in Personality, 78, 25-35. doi:10.1016/j.jrp.2018.11.004
Journal: Journal of Research in Personality
Abstract: Psychologists have long theorized that people actively create, select, or modify experiences and situations to fulfill their individual psychological needs. However, little is known about how people may use forms of art and entertainment such as music to enhance their experiences and shape their environments for need satisfaction. In this research, we measured participants’ personality and the linguistic styles of their favorite songs, and observed significant associations between personality traits and linguistic cues in lyrics. These associations were stronger for participants who generally liked a song because of its lyrics rather than melody. Our study is the first to show how one's personality is related to linguistic cues in someone else's writings. It points to the possibility that people may like certain songs because the linguistic cues in the lyrics are congruent with their personality and hence can satisfy personal needs. This expands research on person-situation interaction and literature on personality and language use, and has important practical implications.
ISSN: 0092-6566
DOI: 10.1016/j.jrp.2018.11.004
Rights: © 2018 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved. This paper was published in Journal of Research in Personality and is made available with permission of Elsevier Inc.
Fulltext Permission: open
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