Nina Kraus is Hugh Knowles Professor of Communication Sciences, Neurobiology, and Otolaryngology at Northwestern University. As a biologist and amateur musician she thinks about sound and brain health.
Observing single auditory neurons, she was one of the first to show that the hearing brain reorganizes itself when sound-to-meaning connections are made. These biological insights led her to investigate auditory learning in the human brain.
Her research has found that our lives in sound, for better (musicians, bilinguals) and for worse (concussion, hearing loss, language disorders, noise), shape how our brain makes sense of the sounds we hear. Her book OF SOUND MIND - How our Brain Constucts a Meaningful Sonic World, will be published by MIT press this Fall.
Kraus advocates for biologically informed choices in education, health, and society. See www.brainvolts.northwestern.edu