CONNECTIONS! I wonder: Were more professional musicians preterm births?
The “P50 auditory gating response” is what’s considered normal. It’s a 50ms range “automated control” of ignoring repeated sound. It’s used to measure “attention span”. But it can be excessive or diminished. I think mine may be diminished, which means less ability to ignore repeated stimulus – and ability to ignore plays a huge part in “paying attention”. I looked and found:
“Reduced P50 auditory sensory gating response in professional musicians” (shown)
“Diminished Infant P50 Sensory Gating Predicts Increased 40-Month-Old Attention and Anxiety/Depression Symptoms”
“Long-term deficits of preterm birth: Evidence for arousal and attentional disturbances”
a) I’ve been ‘musical’ since I was in the high chair apparently (a music teacher wanted me to go to Julliard, giving me special lessons and I almost went but I turned it down – and glad I did) and
b) was diagnosed with generalized anxiety at 11 and realized a couple of years ago that I fit adult ADHD to a T *and*
c) was preterm (29/30 weeks I think?).
So, a possible tie-in for several personal mysteries. This doesn’t mean that I _wouldn’t_ have been musical if I wasn’t pre-term – there’s simply no way to know – but it’s intriguing.