Book cover of Of Sound Mind: How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World by Nina Krausby Nina Kraus

How sound leaves a fundamental imprint on who we are.

Making sense of sound is one of the hardest jobs we ask our brains to do. In Of Sound Mind, Nina Kraus examines the partnership of sound and brain, showing for the first time that the processing of sound drives many of the brain’s core functions. Our hearing is always on–we can’t close our ears the way we close our eyes–and yet we can ignore sounds that are unimportant. We don’t just hear; we engage with sounds. Kraus explores what goes on in our brains when we hear a word–or a chord, or a meow, or a screech.

Interview with the Author

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Nina Kraus on Hearing, Noise, and Of Sound Mind
11/29/21         72 min


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The Sound Mind with Neuroscientist Nina Kraus
9/28/21         35 min


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Of Sound Mind: How Our Brains Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World 
10/19/21           79 min


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Nina Kraus, “Of Sound Mind: How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World (MIT Press, 2021)
11/26/21           65 min


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How the brain understands sound
9/4/21          60 min


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