People better appreciate classical music through the eyes

When it comes to classical music, the eyes may be more important than the ears: if you ask a person to determine the winner of the piano, the better they will do so based on visual rather than auditory information.

The way how a person decides whether the music is good or not, some mysterious. Past studies have shown that musicians are better than non-musical people read other people's emotions, and what kinds of music allows people to interact more effectively.

Tsai Chia-Jung, a social psychologist at University College London, a few years learning to play the piano, she studied at the Juilliard School in New York, and even performed at Carnegie Hall. She had to face competition, and she noticed that the results vary widely depending on whether the judges are based in the evaluation on the video or record.

She conducted an experiment: made a short video, which was played by beginners and professional pianists and inexperienced judges and asked listeners to identify who is who. When listening to only record video sequences without almost no one was able to distinguish the novice from a professional, but when a video, people are almost always determined by a professional.

Researchers do not yet know why visual cues are so important for determining the value of the music, but it is believed that the quality of people associated with classical music, is easily transmitted through visual cues.



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