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Why is singing myself less distractin than listening to music?

Sun, 2nd Mar 2008

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Question

Deborah, Boreham Wood asked:

I have Aspergerís and experience sensory overload. Iím very distracted by repetitive sounds but when I do this or sing myself Iím not bothered by it. So why should that be?

Answer

We put this question to Dr Ian Cross:

Two possible reasons: there is some evidence that people suffering from Aspergerís syndrome may be aurally hyper-sensitive.  I think a more plausible reason is likely to be that listening to something someone else has created is not something you can control whereas if you are producing it yourself it obviously is. Itís likely to be a control issue.

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