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article imageEmotional responses to music vary

By Tim Sandle     Mar 15, 2014 in Lifestyle
Barcelona - Researchers have demonstrated that, in addition to differences in musical aptitude, people vary in their emotional responses to music. They found that between 1 and 5 percent of people simply don't like music.
To explore why some people simply do not enjoy music, scientists have emarked upon a study. For the study, a group of university students were monitored as they listened to familiar music. The study found that some students did not seem to have any physical manifestations of the experience: crescendos did not drive up their heart rates or cause them to sweat. However, with other students, musical climbs and variations had a significant effect.
Josep Marco-Pollarés, author of the study, told the Daily Telegraph: “It would not be surprising to find people who respond to one genre and not to another – we all have the experience of people who love opera and hate hip hop – but the study reveals that there are people that do not respond to any music.”
Later, in a separate study, when all of the students were asked to participate in an exercise involving the chance to win money, everyone’s heart raced.
Commenting on the results, Josep Marco-Pallerés, who is a cognitive neuroscientist at the University of Barcelona, told The Verge why some students did not respond to the music: "Music isn’t rewarding for them, even though other kinds of rewards, like money, are. It just doesn’t affect them."
Marco-Pallerés plans to use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to examine differences in the participants’ brain activities as they listen to music. “Now that we know that there are people with specific musical anhedonia, we want to know the neural bases that might explain it".
Anhedonia is defined as the inability to experience pleasure from activities usually found enjoyable, such as music.
The findings have been published in the journal Current Biology, in a paper titled "Dissociation between Musical and Monetary Reward Responses in Specific Musical Anhedonia."
In separate research, a group of scientists have taken a different path, suggesting that an appreciation of music is partially genetic.
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