You’re on a first date and powering through those essential getting-to-know-you questions. What do you do for a living? What’s your family like? What’s your favorite movie? How about your favorite bands? Wait…what? You soon discover that not only does your date not have a favorite band, but he actually doesn’t care for music at all. Who doesn’t like music? You’d be surprised—about 3–5 percent of the world’s population has an apathy toward music. It’s called musical anhedonia.
The Rhythm Of Life?
Robert Zatorre, a cognitive neuroscientist and one of the study’s authors, explains the implications of their findings to The Atlantic: “It shows that the experience that you have for music is linked to this type of neural response pattern—the more you have it, the more interaction there is between those two systems, the more you are likely to feel pleasure to music.” Zatorre also explains that the opposite of musical anhedonia can occur—meaning, there are people who don’t respond to anything except music. Chew on that.
Let The Beat Drop