The disinterested play of thought: Individual differences and preference for surrealist motion pictures

Viren Swami, Stefan Stieger, Jakob Pietschnig, Martin Voracek

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Abstract

Previous studies that have examined the association between aesthetic preferences and individual difference variables have relied on static artistic compositions. In contrast, the present study examined the individual difference antecedents of preferences for surrealist motion pictures. A total of 240 participants rated ten clips of surrealist film for liking and familiarity, and completed measures of the Big Five personality factors, sensation seeking, and ambiguity tolerance. Results of a multiple regression showed that, controlling for familiarity, greater preference for surrealist motion pictures was significantly associated with higher Openness to Experience, greater sensation seeking, and greater ambiguity tolerance. Limitations of the current study are highlighted and results are discussed in relation to previous work on aesthetic preferences.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)855-859
Number of pages5
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume48
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Ambiguity tolerance
  • Big Five
  • Personality
  • Sensation seeking
  • Surrealist film

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology (all)

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