Rawling, D., Barrantes I Vidal, N., & Furnham, A. (2000). Personality and aesthetic preference in Spain and England: Two studies relating sensation seeking and openness to experience to liking for paintings and music. European Journal of Personality, 14 (6), 553-576.

Abstract: In 2 studies, 1 employing 76 Spanish students (mean age 21.74 yrs) and the other 79 English students (mean age 19.78 yrs), questionnaire measures of Sensation Seeking and Openness to Experience were correlated with liking for major music types, several short music excerpts, and 8 categories of painting (presented as slides). Inter-correlations between music preference measures, painting preference, and personality are reported. In both samples, the Sensation Seeking Scale (Form V) and, particularly, the Experience Seeking sub-scale were associated with a factor contrasting liking for “hard rock” music and “violent-abstract” art with liking for “neutral-realistic” art and “easy listening” music. Several substantial relationships between aesthetics measures and Openness to Experience were also found, though mostly in the English sample. The results reinforce the view that personality dimensions such as Sensation Seeking and Openness are important influences on aesthetic judgment. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2004 APA, all rights reserved)