Personality and music preferences
Participant Information Sheet
What do your favourite songs say about your personality?
You are being invited to take part in a psychological study on music preferences and personality. Before you decide, it is important for you to understand why the work is being done and what it will involve. Please take time to read the following information carefully and discuss it with others if you wish. Please contact Greig Inglis if there is anything that is not clear, or if you would like more information. Contact details are at the bottom of this page. Take time to decide whether or not you wish to take part.

What is the purpose of this study?
The purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between individuals’ personalities and their favourite music. 

Why have I been chosen?
We are looking for people who are at least 18 years of age to take part in this study.

Do I have to take part?
It is up to you to decide whether or not to take part. If you do decide to take part then you will be asked to read through this information sheet and will then be asked to complete a digital consent form. If you do decide to take part, then you are still free to withdraw at any time while you are completing the study by closing the study page on your browser. You may also withdraw any data that you have submitted to the study up to two weeks after completing the survey, without giving a reason, by contacting the lead researcher Dr Greig Inglis and citing a memorable word that you will be asked to provide during the survey.

What will happen to me if I take part?
If you decide to take part then you will be asked to complete an online survey. You will be asked to report your top 10 favourite songs and then to complete questionnaires on your personality and general music preferences. The study will take around 15 minutes to complete.
IP address information of respondents at a regional level is also collected and stored by survey host, QuestionPro, although this data is not accessed or used by the researcher. 

What are the possible disadvantages and risks of taking part?
There are no disadvantages or risks in taking part of this study.

What are the possible benefits of taking part?
There are no direct benefits of taking part in this study.

Data Protection Privacy Notice 
The data controller for this project will be University of the West of Scotland (UWS). The UWS Data Protection Office provides oversight of UWS activities involving the processing of personal data, and can be contacted at UWS’s Data Protection Officer is Emma Cockrow and she can also be contacted at
Your personal data will be processed for the purposes outlined in this notice. The legal basis that would be used to process your personal data will be the provision of your consent.
Your personal data will be processed so long as it is required for the research project. If we are able to anonymise or pseudonymise the personal data you provide we will undertake this and will endeavour to minimise the processing of personal data wherever possible.
If you are concerned about how your personal data is being processed, please contact UWS in the first instance at If you remain unsatisfied, you may wish to contact the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO). Contact details, and details of data subject rights, are available on the ICO website at:

What will happen to the results of the research study?
The results of this study will be presented at scientific conferences and may be written up and published as an article in a scientific journal.

Who has reviewed the study?
This study has been reviewed by the Education and Social Sciences Ethics Committee at University of the West of Scotland: ESS Ethics Committee-Approval Number: 2020-10865-9184 

Contact for further information
If you require any further information please contact:
Dr Greig Inglis
University of the West of Scotland,
High Street,
Thank you for taking part in this study.