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The influence of altered states of consciousness, personality type, and gender in UK dance music as catharsis: A pilot study

Delaney, Niall (2018) The influence of altered states of consciousness, personality type, and gender in UK dance music as catharsis: A pilot study. Undergraduate thesis, Dublin, National College of Ireland.

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Abstract

There is an overall paucity of research in the area of catharsis. The purpose of this pilot study was to explore the potential associations that altered states of consciousness (ASC) and openness to experience (OTE) personality traits have with catharsis in response to UK dance music (UK DM), whilst also assessing gender differences in catharsis scores. The sample consisted of 40 individuals (30 males, 10 females), with a primary music preference of UK DM. To conduct this research, a 10-minute UK DM stimulus, Catharsis Scale, 5-Dimensional Altered States of Consciousness Rating Scale, and Big Five Personality Inventory were utilized. The results indicated the presence of a significant association between ASC and catharsis, however a negative correlation was found which was contrary to the theoretical basis of past research. There was no association between OTE personality type and catharsis, and no significant differences were found in catharsis scores between males and females. The major theoretical implication from this preliminary research is the rejection of the suggestion that ASC acts as a link between music and catharsis outcomes. Therefore, some contradictory findings to existing research are offered in this study, and suggestions for future research in this area to incorporate are outlined in the discussion.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > Psychology > Cognitive psychology
Divisions: School of Business > BA (Honours) in Psychology
Depositing User: CAOIMHE NI MHAICIN
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2018 13:53
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2018 13:53
URI: http://trap.ncirl.ie/id/eprint/3293

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