Study: Visual Cues Impact Judgment of Piano Performances
Date: Thursday, September 01, 2011 @ 02:08:46 UTC

When young pianist Yuja Wang performed at the Hollywood Bowl in early August, the chatter was not about her virtuosity, but rather her short, tight dress. Washington Post music critic Anne Midgette addressed the controversy, writing: "Should we comment on how classical stars look? On the one hand, appearance has no bearing on how an artist sounds." Stop right there. In fact, visual cues we pick up from watching musicians in action significantly influence our judgment of their playing, according to newly published research. Complete Article

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