BS (Social Sciences & Liberal Arts)

Faculty / School

School of Economics and Social Sciences (SESS)


Department of Social Sciences & Liberal Arts

Date of Award

Spring 2022

Date of Submission



Dr. Sahar Nadeem Hamid, Assistant Professor and Chairperson Social Sciences & Liberal Arts


Dr. Sahar Nadeem Hamid, Assistant Professor & Chairperson - Department of Social Sciences

Project Type

SSLA Culminating Experience

Access Type

Restricted Access


This research project examines the impact of two categories of music (loud and soft) on mood, and studies the relationship between people’s personality traits and their music preference. Experiments were conducted, following a repeated measure design, to test the hypothesis. A total of 60 university students (men = 30, female = 30), between the ages of 18-25, participated in the experiment. The PANAS scale was used to assess mood and the Big Five Inventory was used to assess personality traits. The data, during the experiment, was collected through a Google form. It was analyzed by conducting a one way repeated measure analysis of variance (ANOVA) using SPSS Version 23. The results showed that in the case of positive mood scores, neither soft nor loud music had a significant impact on it. While, in the case of negative mood scores, both soft and loud music had an impact on it. However, soft music was found to have a greater effect on negative mood scores as opposed to loud music. When it comes to personality, the findings showed that the people who scored the highest in Agreeableness, Neuroticism, Openness to experience and Extraversion, all preferred loud music over soft. While all the people who scored the highest in Conscientiousness, preferred soft music over loud. The study concluded that music does have an impact on an individual’s mood and that there is a relationship between a person's preferred type of music and their dominating personality traits.


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