But in a study published today in Current Biology, Spanish and Canadian researchers report on a group of “music anhedonics” — literally, those who do not enjoy music.
This is an intriguing phenomenon, and we presume very rare.
Importantly, these people are not “amusic” — an affliction that often results from acquired or congenital damage to parts of the brain required to perceive or interpret music. In this study, the “music anhedonics” perceive music in the same way as the rest of the population.
Nor are they people who generally don’t enjoy pleasure — they are not depressed, nor highly inhibited, and they are just as sensitive as other people to other types of non-musical rewards (such as food, money, sex, exercise, and drugs).