AIMS Scale

The Absorption in music (AIMS) scale is a 34-item measure of individuals’ ability and willingness to allow music to draw them into an emotional experience. The scale converges well with measures of similar constructs and shows reliability over time. Importantly in a test of criterion validity, emotional responses to music were correlated with the AIMS scale but not correlated with measures of empathy or music training.

Formatted version of Scale:





Administration Information and Norms:


Sandstrom, G. M., & Russo, F. A. (2013). Absorption in music: A scale to identify individuals with strong emotional responses to music. Psychology of Music, 41, 216 – 228.