The relationship between dichotomous thinking and music preferences among Japanese undergraduates

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Atsushi Oshio
Cite this article:  Oshio, A. (2012). The relationship between dichotomous thinking and music preferences among Japanese undergraduates. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 40(4), 567-574.


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The relationship between dichotomous thinking and music preferences was investigated with a sample of 176 Japanese undergraduates (111 males, 65 females). Participants completed the Dichotomous Thinking Inventory (Oshio, 2009) and the Short Test of Music Preferences (Rentfrow & Gosling, 2003). Individuals who thought dichotomously preferred intense and rebellious, energetic and rhythmic, and fast and contemporary music rather than music that was complex and conventional. Specifically, they most liked rock, alternative, soul, funk, and heavy metal and disliked classical music.

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