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Aesthetic activities and aesthetic attitudes: Influences of education, background and personality on interest and involvement in the arts

McManus, IC; Furnham, A; (2006) Aesthetic activities and aesthetic attitudes: Influences of education, background and personality on interest and involvement in the arts. BRIT J PSYCHOL , 97 555 - 587. 10.1348/000712606X101088.

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Abstract

There have been few studies of why some people are frequently involved in aesthetic activities such as going to the theatre, reading or playing musical instruments, whereas others are less involved. This study assesses the broad roles of education, personality and demographic factors such as social class, age and sex. More aesthetic activity was associated with music and art education, whereas science education had a substantial negative relationship with aesthetic activity, both directly and also indirectly via reduced art education. More aesthetic activity was particularly related to higher scores on the personality factor of openness, and also to lower scores on agreeableness and conscientiousness. Higher parental social class was also associated with more aesthetic activity, as also was lower age. Sex had no relationship to aesthetic activity, as neither did masculinity-femininity. Positive aesthetic attitudes were also related moderately to aesthetic activity, but were particularly strongly related to openness to experience, and somewhat less to extraversion. Class, age and sex had no direct relationship to aesthetic attitudes.

Type: Article
Title: Aesthetic activities and aesthetic attitudes: Influences of education, background and personality on interest and involvement in the arts
DOI: 10.1348/000712606X101088
Keywords: INTELLIGENCE, EXPERIENCE, CREATIVITY, NEGLECT, PREFERENCES, PAINTINGS, OPENNESS, ARTIST
UCL classification: UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > UCL Medical School
UCL > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Medical Sciences > UCL Medical School > Academic Centre of Medical Education
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/86389
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