Why we're covering this:
- The next time someone tells you they don't like music, maybe you shouldn't judge. Some people literally can't enjoy it!
- Your brain's reward center might be controlling your interests. Who knew?
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.
About 5 % of the population does not like music. 00:11
People with the condition amusia cannot process music—they can't understand pitch and can't recognize songs. 00:27
Studies show that people who feel a stronger need to belong to a group have a stronger emotional connection to music. 02:50
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