Making sense of sound is one of the hardest jobs we ask our brains to do. Dr. Nina Kraus, Northwestern University professor, and author of recently published, Of Sound Mind: How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World examines the partnership of sound and brain, demonstrating that the processing of sound drives many of the brain’s core functions and leaves a fundamental imprint on who we are as human beings.

Our hearing brain interacts with what we know, with our emotions, with how we think, with our movements, and with our other senses. Kraus explores the power of keeping the sound mind young with music and learning a second language. Our sound minds are a product of our experiences and can serve as a conduit to living a richly interconnected life. After her lecture, Kraus will lead a discussion on promoting healthy aging for the sound mind.