Date of Completion

Spring 5-6-2012

Thesis Advisor(s)

Jerome Sehulster

Honors Major



Music | Psychology


This study reports relationships made between a student’s personality and his or her preferences to use music while studying. Other behaviors regarding music in a non-academic setting are also discussed. Data from 67 participants suggest that highly organized individuals show a tendency to use music for studying and to make use of playlists they created. They use music to enhance their mood. Many of the dimensions that describe agreeable people are related to using music for academic purposes, but also highly correlated to studying with other people. The results suggest that the way we use music in our lives is intricately connected to our personalities, and our behaviors regarding music can tell us much about ourselves.