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There is accounting for taste! Detecting Age and Gender Variations in Music Taste using MIMIC Model

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For more than fifty years, psychologists have attempted to disprove the proverb ‘There is no accounting for taste.’ . Indeed, recent research has shown that the liking of books, movies and music can partially be explained by psychological factors such as personality, values and stereotypes. However, many effects are obscured by age- and gender- related variations in taste in general, and in particular music taste, and attempts to adjust for these effectively have been few and far between. In the present study, a very large sample of participants has been asked to indicate their liking of several music genres, such as ‘classical’ and ‘country’. Modelling of the relationships between age, gender and the factorial structure of music taste has been conducted using a Multiple Indicator Multiple Cause (MIMIC) approach; a special case of Structural Equation Modelling (SEM). The results of this model will be discussed and contrasted with more traditional measurement techniques.

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