A Love Letter to Sound with Nina Kraus

A Love letter to Sound with Nina Kraus

We don’t just hear; we engage with sounds. Our hearing is always on, and we can’t close our ears the way we close our eyes, yet we can ignore unimportant sounds. Making sense of sound is one of the most challenging jobs we ask our brains to do. But how does this work?

Today, we speak with Dr. Nina Kraus, scientist, inventor, book author, Professor of Neurobiology at Northwestern University, and Director of BrainVolts. 

Nina’s research reveals that our daily lives, filled with sound, play a significant role in shaping how our brain interprets the sounds we hear. This influence can be both positive, as seen in musicians and bilinguals, and negative, as in the case of concussion, hearing loss, and language disorders. 

Sound, therefore, leaves a profound imprint on our identities.

Nina talks about the partnership of sound and the brain and how sound processing drives many of the brain’s core functions. 

To give you an idea of our conversation, there is a short, surprising sound example in the intro of the episode that will make you wonder!  Because we only hear what we know, we have to hear and listen a lot to better understand our world and ourselves.

So, relax and join our conversation about exploring sound and listening! Or how Nina also talks about her work and book: It is a love letter to sound.

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