File(s) under permanent embargo

Individual differences in conflicting stimulus evaluations: openness/Intellect predicts mixed-valenced appraisals of visual art

journal contribution
posted on 01.04.2018, 00:00 authored by Kate BarfordKate Barford, K Fayn, P J Silvia, L D Smillie
© 2017 Elsevier Inc. Openness/Intellect, a trait domain reflecting a tendency towards cognitive exploration, is positively associated with the tendency to experience mixed emotions (i.e., simultaneous positive and negative feelings). This study examined whether this trait is also positively associated with mixed appraisals (i.e., concurrent positive and negative stimulus evaluations). Participants (N = 225) appraised 18 visual artworks. Higher Openness/Intellect predicted stronger mixed appraisals, particularly of the artworks rated as more mixed on average. Openness/Intellect also predicted stronger within-person positive relations between artwork viewing time and mixed appraisals, though this finding was less consistent across measures. It also appeared that Neuroticism might predict a lesser tendency to make mixed appraisals. This study provides a foundation for future research examining individual differences in mixed appraisals.

History

Journal

Journal of research in personality

Volume

73

Pagination

46 - 55

Publisher

Elsevier

Location

Amsterdam, The Netherlands

ISSN

0092-6566

eISSN

1095-7251

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2017, Elsevier