Musically developed personality: the approbation of Gold-MSI method



The article provides an overview of modern foreign psychological research devoted to the study of musicality. It describes in details Gold-MSI method (Goldsmiths Musical Sophistication Index), developed by psychologists at the University of Goldsmith to diagnose the level of musical development. In Russia, this technique is unknown, although it is widely used in foreign studies, it is standardized and has displayed good psychometric properties. The article presents the results of the initial testing of the Russian version of the Gold-MSI technique on a sample of 107 participants. It is shown that the Russian version of the methodology has a satisfactory reliability and validity and can be used for research purposes

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Keywords: musicality, musical abilities, diagnosis, approaches to measuring musicality, Gold-MSI technique, testing the Russian version of the Gold-MSI, psychometric properties

Journal rubric: Labour Psychology and Engineering Psychology

Article type: scientific article


For citation: Knyazeva T.S., Shokhman T.V. Musically developed personality: the approbation of Gold-MSI method [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2018. Vol. 7, no. 2, pp. 80–89. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2018070208. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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T. S. Knyazeva, PhD in Psychology, Senior researcher, The laboratory of psychology and psychophysiology of creative activity, Institute of Psychology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:

Tatyana V. Shokhman, Graduate Student, Institute of Psychology of Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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