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Nina Kraus

Northwestern University

March 25, 2011
53 minutes
Nina Kraus


Nina Kraus discusses the long lasting effects that musical experience has on nervous system development which impact very basic communication skills.

Nina Kraus is Professor of Neurobiology & Physiology, Otolaryngology, and the Hugh Knowles Chair in Audiology at Northwestern University. She investigates the neurobiology underlying speech and music perception and learning-associated brain plasticity. She studies normal listeners throughout the lifespan, clinical populations (poor-readers; autism; hearing loss), and musicians. Her method of assessing the brain’s encoding of sounds has been adapted as BioMARK (biological marker of auditory processing), a commercial product that helps educators and clinicians better diagnose learning disabilities.