The current study investigated the moderating effect of personality on the emotional reaction to auditory dissonance, both resolved and unresolved, and consonance. Participants completed a Big Five Personality inventory, then listened to one of three auditory segments consisting of either consonant, unresolved dissonant, or resolved dissonant two-tone chords. It was hypothesized that dissonance would elicit more negative emotions and less positive emotions than consonance, and that extraversion, neuroticism, and openness would act a moderators for emotional reaction to the auditory stimulus type. Results indicated that both personality and auditory dissonance held a relationship with emotion. Personality did not act as a moderator, but three personality dimensions had a tendency towards an interaction. This study suggests that individual differences play an important role in emotionality, and dissonance is an important aspect for evoking emotion within music.


Clayton, Susan



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Bachelor of Arts

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Senior Independent Study Thesis



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