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A construct-psychological approach to the measurement of chill-sensations

Kunkel, Markus ; Pramstaller, Christopher ; Grant, Phillip ; Georgi, Richard von


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URN: urn:nbn:de:hebis:26-opus-68241
URL: http://geb.uni-giessen.de/geb/volltexte/2011/6824/

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Universität Justus-Liebig-Universität Gießen
Fachgebiet: Musikwissenschaft / Musikpädagogik
DDC-Sachgruppe: Musik
Dokumentart: Aufsatz
Zeitschrift, Serie: Samples ; 7; 02
ISBN / ISSN: 2146766-3
Sprache: Englisch
Erstellungsjahr: 2008
Publikationsdatum: 26.10.2011
Kurzfassung auf Deutsch: Chills, meaning strong emotional responses to music, have to date been almost
only examined within experimental settings. Within the pilot-study at
hand the first psychometric inventory for the measurement of subjective
chill-sensations (MRCQ) was developed using two successive samples. Here
through is should be possible to assess intra- and interindividual differences
reliably and in a standardized fashion outside of a laboratory situation. The
first study descriptively examined open questions on chill-sensations on a
sample of n=151. A second study (n=108) examined the existence of latent
dimensions within the pool of items constructed in the first study. Factor
analyses yielded five facettes of chill-sensations: positive, physiological,
motor and social-cognitive reactivity as well as general disorientation. All
five scales reached sufficient reliability for their individual item numbers.
Correlations with other inventories (NEO-ffi, IAAM) show that chill-sensations
are closely linked to high extraversion, openness to experience and
emotional stability. The results, however, appear to be indicative of differences
between the sexes. On a whole the results support existing research
and theoretical models, but there are also some important differences. The
MRCQ offers a possibility of researching chills in non-experimental musicsciences.