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World-class orchestras judged by sight not sound

3 March 2014

World-class orchestras can be accurately identified by silent video footage of performances, but not through sound recordings, research by Dr Chia-Jung Tsay of the Department of Management Science and Innovation has found.

Dr Tsay’s research found that both professional musicians and musical novices are better at identifying top-ranked orchestras from non-ranked orchestras when shown silent video footage, suggesting that such judgements are driven at least in part by visual cues about group dynamics and leadership.

The research consisted of a series of six experiments, with 1,062 expert and novice participants. When shown two 6-second clips, one from a world-class orchestra ranked among the top ten internationally - which included the London Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra - and another from a regional or university-based group, participants were more likely to choose correctly when shown video-only footage than when played audio clips.

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Full article in Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes