How to tame your BAS: reward sensitivity and music involvement

Loxton, Natalie J., Mitchell, Rohani, Dingle, Genevieve A. and Sharman, Leah S. (2016) How to tame your BAS: reward sensitivity and music involvement. Personality and Individual Differences, 97 35-39. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2016.03.018

Author Loxton, Natalie J.
Mitchell, Rohani
Dingle, Genevieve A.
Sharman, Leah S.
Title How to tame your BAS: reward sensitivity and music involvement
Journal name Personality and Individual Differences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0191-8869
Publication date 2016-07-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.paid.2016.03.018
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 97
Start page 35
End page 39
Total pages 5
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Collection year 2017
Language eng
Formatted abstract
High reward sensitivity is typically associated with negative outcomes such as addiction. However, this trait has been recently linked with purposeful approach behaviours that are related to positive outcomes, such as hope and life satisfaction. The present study applied the revised Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory (rRST) to the relationship between reward sensitivity (rBAS) and music involvement. The tendency to be absorbed by music and the tendency to experience a positive emotional response to music were tested as potential mediators of the association. An international online survey of adults (N = 378; 65% females; Mage = 34 years) incorporated questionnaires assessing rBAS, involvement with music, absorption, and affective response to music. Consistent with rRST, those high in reward sensitivity were more likely to be involved in music and have stronger positive responses to music. Bootstrapped tests of indirect effects found the relationship between rBAS and music involvement to be uniquely mediated by greater absorption in music. This study further supports the argument that high levels of reward sensitivity may be involved in both functional and dysfunctional behaviours. Engagement in musical activities may be a useful approach to assist in the directing of behaviour in highly reward sensitive individuals.
Keyword Music
Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory
Reward sensitivity
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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