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Korean Journal of General Education 2018;12(6):287-310.
Published online December 30, 2018.
The influence of musical interest and empathy on problem solving tendency of university students
Eunhee Park
대학생들의 문제해결성향에 대한 음악흥미도와 공감능력의 영향
The purpose of this study is to investigate the interaction among musical interest, empathy and problem solving style out of university students. The experimental group involves 299 students of an university liberal art class about music subject, located in D city, South Korea. Analysis of data was conducted by SPSS 18.0 program in reliability analysis, descriptive statistic, pearson s correlation and multiple regression. The results are as follows: first, musical interest, empathy and problem solving style of university students were above average in their scores. Second, there was a positive correlation among musical interest and empathy of experimental group. A positive correlation was found (i) between musical interest and problem solving tendency and (ii) empathy and problem solving tendency. Third, problem-solving tendency of university students as well as its sub variance, inclusive of self confidence, approach and avoidance, self control of individual and etc. was affected by musical interest and cognitive empathy.
Key Words: musical interest, cognitive empathy, emotional empathy, problem solving, problem solving tendency


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