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Beautiful as the chance meeting on a dissecting table of a sewing machine and an umbrella! Individual differences and preference for surrealist literature

Swami, Viren and Pietschnig, Jakob and Stieger, Stefan and Nader, Ingo W. and Voracek, Martin (2012) Beautiful as the chance meeting on a dissecting table of a sewing machine and an umbrella! Individual differences and preference for surrealist literature. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts, 6 (1). pp. 35-42. ISSN 1931-3896

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0024750

Abstract

Previous studies have suggested that individual psychological differences may shape preferences for broad narrative genres, but these studies have not examined preferences for specific genres. The present study sought to overcome this limitation by examining the individual difference antecedents of preferences for relatively complex surrealist texts. A total of 400 participants rated 10 excerpts of exemplar surrealist texts for liking and familiarity, and they completed measures of the Big Five personality factors, sensation seeking, ambiguity tolerance, and demographics. Results showed that there were small differences in preference for surrealist texts by educational qualifications and annual income, with higher status participants generally showing a stronger preference. Results also showed that, controlling for familiarity, preference for surrealist texts was associated with higher sensation seeking and Openness to Experience. These results are discussed in relation to the extant literature on individual differences and reading patterns and preferences.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Social Sciences, Humanities and Languages, School of
ID Code:9904
Deposited On:26 Sep 2011 14:50
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