Studies Reveal That Older Brains Feel ‘Reward’ From Music Even If They Don’t Like It

When older people listen to music, their brains are claimed to feel a sense of reward when doing so, even though they claim that they do not like it, according to a researcher at British Columbia’s Simon Fraser University.

Sarah Faber has claimed that her work on how healthy brains react to music as they grow old creates a baseline for the future research on people who are suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia in order to better understand that disease.

“There’s a lot of interest in how to predict who might be going to develop dementia or Alzheimer’s disease and then once people do develop Alzheimer’s and dementia, who is going to respond to treatment and what kind of treatment,” she said.

“The brain is fascinating, but it doesn’t exist in a jar. It’s attached to a body, that’s attached to an environment, a community, and a social structure.”