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Goldsmiths Musical Sophistication Index (Gold-MSI): Portuguese version and associations with socio-demographic factors, personality and music preferences

Lima, César F.; Correia, Ana Isabel; Müllensiefen, Daniel and Castro, São Luís. 2020. Goldsmiths Musical Sophistication Index (Gold-MSI): Portuguese version and associations with socio-demographic factors, personality and music preferences. Psychology of Music, 48(3), pp. 376-388. ISSN 0305-7356 [Article]

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Abstract or Description

The Goldsmiths Musical Sophistication Index (Gold-MSI) was recently proposed as a self-report measure of musical skills and behaviors in the general population. Although it is becoming a widely used tool, relatively little is known about its correlates, and adaptations into different languages will be crucial for cross-cultural comparisons and to allow for use beyond the original validation context. In this study, we adapted the Gold-MSI for use with Portuguese speaking individuals and evaluated it with a Portuguese sample (N = 408; age range = 17–66 years; 306 women). We demonstrate that the Portuguese version of the Gold-MSI has appropriate psychometric properties, including good internal consistency and very good test–retest reliability. This was observed for the five subscales and for the general musical sophistication index (α values ⩾ 0.82, r values ⩾ 0.84). Using confirmatory factor analysis, the expected underlying factor structure was also confirmed. In addition, we identified associations between individual differences on the Gold-MSI and socio-demographic factors (age, sex, education, socio-economic status), personality traits, and music preferences. The Portuguese Gold-MSI is freely available, and it offers a reliable and valid tool that can contribute to the refined assessment of musical sophistication in a range of research contexts.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1177/0305735618801997

Keywords:

Gold-MSI, musical sophistication, musicality, Portuguese, psychometric properties

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Psychology

Dates:

DateEvent
20 July 2018Accepted
15 October 2018Published Online
1 May 2020Published

Item ID:

24640

Date Deposited:

31 Oct 2018 11:46

Last Modified:

04 Jun 2020 13:29

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/24640

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