So disgusting, but you can't take your eyes off the screen: can personality traits and disgust sensitivity influence people's love for horror movies?

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Ashley Marie Dillard (Creator)
Western Carolina University (WCU )
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Ellen Sigler

Abstract: Personality traits have been found to be associated with disgust sensitivity. For example, sexual and moral disgust have been found to be strongly correlated with the honesty-humility factor in the HEXACO model (Tybur & de Vries, 2013). However, questions have been raised as to what makes some individuals find disgusting horror movies enjoyable, while others are left mortified. To better understand these differences, participants were assessed using the HEXACO-PI-R-60, the Three-Domain Disgust Scale, the Brief Sensation Seeking Scale, and an adapted Enjoyment of Frightening Films measure within the current study. Ultimately, the present study explored if there were any individual differences among people on personality and disgust sensitivity measures in regard to preference for horror movies. Nine out of sixteen of my hypotheses were supported within this study. The results revealed significant correlations between the numerous variables and a main effect of sexual disgust, extraversion, and sensation seeking on enjoyment of frightening films.

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Language: English
Date: 2018
Disgust, Enjoyment of frightening films, Horror movies, Media, Personality
Horror films -- Psychological aspects
Sensation seeking

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