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Sunday, March 9, 2014

Music: Take it or leave it

Bach Fugue Bar  (Public Domain)
Although many people feel drawn to at least certain types of music, there are those who feel neutral about everything from Beatles to Beethoven.

Live Science attempts to explain "Why Some People Don't Like Music."  Results from a recent study at the University of Barcelona showed that there are people who enjoy other rewards such as food, sex and money – but simply don't get pleasure from music.  This condition is formally known as "specific music anhedonia."  

Anhedonia differs from "amusia."  Whereas amusia involves "a specific impairment in music perception" (perhaps due to brain damage), anhedonia simply indicates that a listener is "emotionally oblivious" to music of pretty much any kind.

Unfortunately, this study more addressed the "how" than the "why" of anhedonia.  The condition therefore
remains as essentially mysterious as music itself.


Copyright March 9, 2014 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

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