I love how the melody seems to slow and start again, the variation in the tempo and freedom in rhythm. For me, the beginning chords depict snowy, winter scene, not harsh, but ethereal. If we used the same chords sped up, we would find ourselves in a hectic icy winter scene.
In the experiments, the participant would hear two tones played, then indicate if they thought the second tone had changed in pitch or duration.
While the neurotypical group had a different brain response depending on the tone they heard, the autistic group had the same brain response no matter what. This suggests that neurotypical people can adjust the resources they use for different tasks, and autistic people cannot.
The autistic brain was naturally better at processing pitch, but when they tried to guess the duration, they were way off.
This year, I realized how uniquely I perceive the world because of Asperger’s. Now I see why I’ve struggled with certain daily life activities. Thank goodness I have the discipline to keep writing. In fact, someone figured out that I had Asperger’s from my writing. Here are some personal articles about Asperger’s and more.
You can probably notice the difference in video quality as I’ve improved my recording setup.
Thank you for coming along and I’m quite certain I’ll continue to learn about myself, and music. Feel free to ask me piano questions. Ask me any question. I need to figure out what to write about next.
We look at each other. Well, I look at her eyebrows and she looks at my eyeballs. I am wearing makeup and I blew dry my hair and I’m wearing my new suede heels. I’m trying to look like a professional tech whatever.
2. “You have learned many ways to overcome your disability. You are doing great.”
“Alright.” She says. She steers the conversation to another topic that I’m not interested in.
“I have no executive function,” I say again.
3. “You can create a schedule. Do dishes every two days and laundry a once a week. If you have a routine then you won’t need to rely on executive function.”
People with Asperger’s struggle with executive function, meaning self regulation and organization. Following a schedule requires paying attention to the tasks and organizing them in the order to be done. Which is what I am bad at in the first place. Creating a schedule like this is just a reminder of things I suck at doing.
4. “Set alarms 10 minutes in advance so your transitions are easier.”
Here’s another thing I learned about Asperger’s: switching tasks, meaning transitions, are hard, because you need executive function to stop doing one task and pick the next task.
But I already set alarms 10 minutes in advance. I figured this out myself in elementary school.
Then I don’t bother bringing up the fact that I can never remember to eat because I already know the advice is to set an alarm. But this doesn’t work. Do I set the lunch alarm every morning? My schedule is different everyday. Do I need to set a daily morning alarm reminding myself to set a lunch alarm?
5. “When you are older, and have made more money, you can pay someone to pick clothes for you. You can pay someone to clean your house, to style your wardrobe, to do all this other stuff. You can outsource it.” This makes sense. But I need help right now, not help in ten years. And I hate when strangers touch my stuff.
If I can’t figure out a way to learn to navigate politics at work then I’m going to get fired. I won’t get good projects and that’s the equivalent of being told to get out.
It’s like if a piano teacher can’t figure out how to communicate with parents or students, they won’t get students. It doesn’t matter how good you are at your craft if you are not good enough for people to put up with your annoyingness.
There’s a group I’m part of called Frustrated piano teachers and it’s a place where piano teachers can talk about their problems. I glance at it once in a while and most posts are written by women. There’s probably someone who will tell me that women like to talk about their problems more often, but it looks like these women also have to juggle kids and husbands with their piano teaching jobs at home.
A bunch of people answer the question but not in the way I want. They tell stories about how their husband or kids take a long time to learn or annoy everyone. One teacher describes getting a family or relative involved during the lesson and planning rigorously. I can’t tell if that is for the case if the teacher or student has Asperger’s.