Listening to music with your eyes closed is a good way to judge if the music is your dish or not. However, some research started a few years ago to judge music without sound. IS THAT POSSIBLE? Some researchers think yes. “Social judgements are made on the basis of both visual and auditory information, with consequential implications for our decisions” — Sight over sound in the judgment of music performance, written by Chia-Jung Tsay.
An experiment was designed to test the truth of this theory. During the experiment, volunteers were separated into two groups to test who would be better at predicting the winners of a music contest. For one group, she had them only listen to audio or only view a silent video of the contestants performing. For the other group, they could watch the video with sound. Then she asked both groups to identify, from experiencing just one of those types of media, which of the contestants they thought had won the competition.
“What was surprising was that even though most people will say sound matters the most, it turned out that it was only in the silent videos, the videos without any sound, that participants were able to identify the actual winners,” Tsay says.
Incredibly, the volunteers were better able to identify the winners when they couldn’t hear the music at all, compared with when they could only hear the music. In fact, it was even worse than that: When the volunteers could see the musicians and hear the music, they became less accurate in picking the winners compared with when they could only see the performers. The music was actually a distraction.
–NPR recently reported
So… Are you ready for QUIET music judgment?