Violence in Music Videos: Examining Temporary Personality Effects on the Dark Triad
Nauser, Jonathan W.
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Research concerning the effects of music has historically focused on the effects of mood, physiology, and other aspects of human cognition but little research has examined the temporary personality effects from watching violent music videos. The purpose of the current study was to examine the effects of viewing violence-based music videos on several personality traits. Data were gathered from 201 undergraduate students at the University of Central Missouri. Participants were placed into one of three groups varying in violence present in the music video, and completed a self-report packet of questionnaires. Analysis showed that responses from the varying conditions differed in the Dark Triad while indicating that the groups did not differ on the word search paradigm and empathy measure. Further investigation is suggested to better understand the relationship between the Dark Triad personality factors and empathy. It is also suggested that music videos continue to be in regard to the Dark Triad traits.