Influence of individual differences on perceptions of hypothetical rap music fans

Putter, Kaila, and Krause, Amanda E. (2022) Influence of individual differences on perceptions of hypothetical rap music fans. In: Proceedings of the Australian Music & Psychology Society's 2022 Virtual Conference. From: Australian Music & Psychology (AMPS) 2022 Conference, 28 September 2022, Online.

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Research on perceptions of rap lyricists and fans suggest that rap music is disproportionately associated with criminality and negative personality traits relative to other genres. Using a 2 (gender of the hypothetical fan) x 2 (inclusion of rap lyrics) x 2 (accusation of murder) research design whereby participants were randomly assigned to one of eight conditions and then asked to evaluate the hypothetical target, the present research has replicated prior findings that participants exposed to inflammatory rap lyrics rated the fan as significantly more capable of murder, likely to be a gang member, and as having more negative dispositional traits than those not exposed to lyrics. However, in addition, we were interested in the influence of the participants’ own personality traits and perceptions of rap music on their perceptions of the target rap fan. Findings from analyses currently underway will be discussed. Our findings are expected to broaden our understanding of potential jurors’ perceptions of accused offenders based on the offenders’ music genre preferences, and, therefore, have implications concerning stereotypes and the use of rap lyrics as evidence in criminal trials.

Item ID: 76129
Item Type: Conference Item (Abstract / Summary)
Keywords: music psychology, psychology of music; social and applied psychology of music; stereotypes, genre, perceptions of others
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2022 02:36
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5205 Social and personality psychology > 520505 Social psychology @ 70%
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3603 Music > 360399 Music not elsewhere classified @ 30%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280121 Expanding knowledge in psychology @ 70%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1301 Arts > 130102 Music @ 30%
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