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“Kneweth One Who Makes these Notes…”: Personality, Individual Differences, and Liking of Nouveau Roman and Existentialist Literature and Film

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posted on 2023-08-30, 16:08 authored by Ulrich S. Tran, Viren Swami, Christiane Seifriedsberger, Zsuzsanna Bárath, Martin Voracek
Previous studies suggest that personality and individual difference traits are associated with aesthetic preferences, but have infrequently examined associations within specific genres or across media domains. We examined associations between the Big Five personality traits with preferences (i.e., liking) for two non-conventional genres of film and literature, namely nouveau roman and existentialism, in samples of 548 non-experts and 95 genre experts from Austria. Path analyses indicated that Openness to Experience (positively) and Conscientiousness (negatively) were significantly associated with greater liking of stimuli across genres and media domains, after considering the effects of additional, relevant variables (aesthetic expertise and behaviours, social status, and the motive for sensory pleasure). Path models were stable across non-experts and experts, although the strength of the relationships between Openness and liking was stronger for nouveau roman stimuli. Additional analyses indicated that experts had significantly greater liking for stimuli across both genres than non-experts. These results may have implications for the promotion of non-conventional artworks to wider audiences.

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Refereed

  • Yes

Volume

15

Issue number

2

Page range

250-263

Publication title

Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts

ISSN

1931-390X

Publisher

American Psychological Association

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  • Accepted version

Language

  • eng

Legacy posted date

2019-03-26

Legacy creation date

2019-03-25

Legacy Faculty/School/Department

Faculty of Science & Engineering

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