• Question: I'm doing an experiment into how more upbeat music is usually chosen as an extroverts favourite style of music. How to I go about collecting data for this experiment?

    Asked by Guppy to Steve on 16 Jun 2017.
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      Steven Brown answered on 16 Jun 2017:

      Personality maps onto music preferences well – I expect you will find that extraverts do prefer upbeat music.

      You can collect scores on two things – personality, and music preferences.

      For personality, you can use the ‘big five’ or a short-version of it. Details of the short version are here http://gosling.psy.utexas.edu/scales-weve-developed/ten-item-personality-measure-tipi/

      For music preferences, there are various scales you can use. One of the most common is the STOMP which you can find here http://gosling.psy.utexas.edu/scales-weve-developed/short-test-of-music-preferences-stomp/

      Both links will explain how to calculate the scores.

      Basically you want to be able to show that the higher someones score on extraversion on the personality scale, the higher their scores are on upbeat music styles. Where one increases, another does too. This is known as a positive correlation. Both variables go up.

      Once you have your materials, you need to get some participants! Over to you on that one 🙂