Charisma, Conductors, and the Affective Communication Test

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The following study analyzed results of ensemble conductors of the Big-10, Big-12, and Pac-10 athletic conferences (N = 96) taking the Affective Communication Test (ACT) of nonverbal expressivity or charisma. Results indicate that conductors fall into two ‘clusters’ of charisma scores - those who appear to be lower (p = .13) than the general population norm and those scoring significantly (p < .01) higher than the norm. Further analyses revealed a trend that men scored higher on the ACT than women (p = .17) but there were no differences in scores between conductors of choirs, orchestras, and wind bands in the sample (p = .43). There also appears to be a weak, yet significant, trend (r = .28, p < .01) for conductors with higher scores to believe more strongly in the importance of a conductor’s charisma.

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Running, D. J. (2011). Charisma, Conductors, and the Affective Communication Test. Journal of Band Research 47(1), 18-28.