Of Sound Mind

The hearing brain is vast, engaging how we think, feel, move and integrate our senses. Of Sound Mind examines the partnership of sound and brain, showing 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. Kraus explores the power of music for hearing every sound as well as the destructive power of noise on cognitive and mental health. She describes why musicians—defined here as anyone who makes music regularly—have measurably better sound minds. The sounds of our lives shape our brains, for better and for worse, and help us build the sonic world we live in.


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OF SOUND MIND

Book Reviews

Book Review: Of Sound Mind: How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World Bangalore Speech and Hearing Trust Journal of Hearing Language and Speech, July-Dec, 2022.
Hearing Health Of Sound Mind Hearing Health Magazine, Fall Issue, 2021.
New Book Explains How What We Hear Shapes Who We Are Northwestern Sound Arts and Industries, January 14, 2022.
Review: OF SOUND MIND HLAA, Fall, 2021.
Suggested Reading: Of Sound Mind The Ensemble News, October 5, 2021.
Skeptophilia book of the week Skeptophilia, October 7, 2021.

ENDORSEMENTS

Watercolor Backgrounds by Katie Shelly, @interkatie on Instagram and Twitter.







Podcasts and Interviews

Nina Kraus: Of Sound Mind The Voice of the Good Athlete, The Good Athlete Podcast, September 17, 2023.
Of Sound Mind: Sound and Betweenness McGilchrist Channel, November 7, 2022.
Sound connects us: the betweenness of sonic experience Music & Peacebuilding Podcast, November, 2023.
The Power of Sound Chasing Life with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Podcast, December 13, 2022.
AMSEcast with guest Nina Kraus AMSE Podcast, September, 2023.
Auditory Learning EndoGenius, December 1, 2021.
Babbage: Mind Matters The Economist, November 16, 2021.
Dr. Kraus Discusses Sound and the Brain The Circle of Insight, January 24, 2022.
Episode 5- Dr. Nina Kraus Music is Medicine-Ask the Expert, July 21, 2022.
Episode 86: Nina Kraus Behind the Bits Podcast, Oct 26, 2021.
Exploring the sound mind and marketing Audio Content Lab, Sounds like Marketing Podcast, April, 2023.
Hit Pause and Listen: The Powerful Science of Sound HER podcast with Dr. Pamela Peeke – RadioMD, April 6, 2022.
How do we make sense of the sounds around us? NPR Short Wave, October 18, 2021.
How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World New Books Network, November 26, 2021.
How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World The Global Lunchbox, January 20, 2022.
How our brain constructs a meaningful sonic world Smart Thinking Books, February 26, 2022.
How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World Hearing Loss Association of America- NYC Chapter, October 18, 2022.
How Our Brains Create Meaning From The Sounds Around Us NPR: All Things Considered, September 27, 2021.
How Sound and Music Can Heal (featuring Renèe Fleming) Athletes and the Arts, March 23, 2022.
Nina Kraus Talks about Sound and the Brain Brain Science Podcast, January 28, 2022.
Of Sound Mind, Learning and Feeling Mike Nowak Show, October 10, 2021.
Speaking of Psychology-Of Sound Mind American Psychological Association Podcast, December 7, 2022.
The Biology Behind Hearing ListenUp! Podcast, December 9, 2021.
The Science of Sound Futureproof, November 30, 2021.
Understanding effects of noise Longitude.Site Sound Bytes Podcast, February, 2024.
What noise is doing to our brains CBC Radio, October 22, 2021.
What that jazz beat tells us about hearing and the brain Scientific American, Science Quickly Podcast, July 14, 2023.
Your Brain on Sound EndoGenius, December 1, 2021.
‘Sound Mind’ with Neurobiologist Dr. Nina Kraus The Rose Woman Podcast, October 1, 2021.
A Polyvagal Theory Informed Therapy Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) Podcast, April 9, 2022.
DELVING IN: Nina Kraus on the Neuroscience of Auditory Learning Las Cruces Community Radio KTAL 101.5 FM, October 23, 2022.
How the brain understands sound High Brow Drivel, September 5, 2021.
Listening on Purpose Listening on Purpose with Timothy Myers, May 3, 2022.
Making Sense of Music This is your brain podcast, September 24, 2021.
Nina Kraus, PhD, on the Brain and Sounds The Hearing Journal, July 2, 2021.
School bells or nah? KQED Mindshift, August 2, 2022.
The Sound Mind with Neuroscientist Nina Kraus Inquiring Minds Podcast, September 28, 2021.
The Sound Mind: Dr. Nina Kraus Aiming for the Moon with Taylor Bledsoe, May 25, 2022.
Sound connects us: the betweenness of sonic experience Music & Peacebuilding Podcast, November, 2023.
AMSEcast with guest Nina Kraus AMSE Podcast, September, 2023.
Exploring the sound mind and marketing Audio Content Lab, Sounds like Marketing Podcast, April, 2023.
Hearing Health Of Sound Mind Hearing Health Magazine, Fall Issue, 2021.
How Everyday Sounds Shape Our Brains The Slowdown, November 25, 2021.
Interview with Sound Medicine Sound Medicine, April 18, 2022.
Of Sound Mind: An Interview with Dr. Nina Kraus NeuroAudiology Newsletter, January, 2022.
Understanding effects of noise Longitude.Site Sound Bytes Podcast, February, 2024.
INTERVIEW WITH DR. KRAUS The 360 Mag, September 30, 2021.
Of Sound Mind: How our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World Commonwealth Club of California, October 7, 2021.
Understanding the Sound Mind The Hearing Review, September 28, 2021.

Print and Online

“Of Sound Mind”: a Discussion of the Hearing Brain Duke Research Blog, October 18, 2022.
A sound community of choirs Oregon Artswatch, March 10, 2022.
Hearing Too Much in a Noisy World Wall Street Journal, September 10, 2021.
How music can help kids learn literacy skills MindShift KQED, December 6, 2021.
How rhythm shapes our lives BBC, May 26, 2023.
Is the sky really blue? It depends on what language you speak Science News for Students, March 17, 2022.
Making music engages the brain and improves mood Chicago Caregiving, August 31, 2022.
Nina Kraus Receives 2022 Alumnae Award Northwestern Now, November 3, 2022.
Questions for Nina Kraus Evanston Round Table, May 8, 2022.
The Pursuit of Perfect Sound New York Times TBrand Studio, 2023.
The Simple Power of Singing to Kids PBS Kids, October 17, 2021.
Your Brain On Drums Men's Health, December 13, 2021.
Age of Distraction and the Myth of Multitasking Deseret News, November 10, 2022.
Celebrating Dr. Nina Kraus Canadian Audiologist, 2021.
Featuring Dr. Nina Kraus, author of Of Sound Mind Sound Health Network, December 18, 2021.
New book by Dr. Nina Kraus: Of Sound Mind Music Institute of Chicago, October 6, 2021.
The Science of Music Therapy and Memory The SelfHelp Home, July 10, 2022.

Featured Articles

Podcasts and Interviews

AMSEcast with guest Nina Kraus AMSE Podcast, September, 2023.
Exploring the sound mind and marketing Audio Content Lab, Sounds like Marketing Podcast, April, 2023.
Understanding effects of noise Longitude.Site Sound Bytes Podcast, February, 2024.
Sound connects us: the betweenness of sonic experience Music & Peacebuilding Podcast, November, 2023.
Nina Kraus: Of Sound Mind The Voice of the Good Athlete, The Good Athlete Podcast, September 17, 2023.
What that jazz beat tells us about hearing and the brain Scientific American, Science Quickly Podcast, July 14, 2023.
The Power of Sound Chasing Life with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, CNN Podcast, December 13, 2022.
Speaking of Psychology-Of Sound Mind American Psychological Association Podcast, December 7, 2022.
Of Sound Mind: Sound and Betweenness McGilchrist Channel, November 7, 2022.
How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World Hearing Loss Association of America- NYC Chapter, October 18, 2022.
DELVING IN: Nina Kraus on the Neuroscience of Auditory Learning Las Cruces Community Radio KTAL 101.5 FM, October 23, 2022.
School bells or nah? KQED Mindshift, August 2, 2022.
Episode 5- Dr. Nina Kraus Music is Medicine-Ask the Expert, July 21, 2022.
Auditory Learning EndoGenius, December 1, 2021.
The Sound Mind: Dr. Nina Kraus Aiming for the Moon with Taylor Bledsoe, May 25, 2022.
Listening on Purpose Listening on Purpose with Timothy Myers, May 3, 2022.
Enhance Life with Music Mindy Peterson, NCTM, May 3 2022.
Interview with Sound Medicine Sound Medicine, April 18, 2022.
A Polyvagal Theory Informed Therapy Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP) Podcast, April 9, 2022.
Hit Pause and Listen: The Powerful Science of Sound HER podcast with Dr. Pamela Peeke – RadioMD, April 6, 2022.
How Sound and Music Can Heal (featuring Renèe Fleming) Athletes and the Arts, March 23, 2022.
How our brain constructs a meaningful sonic world Smart Thinking Books, February 26, 2022.
Nina Kraus Talks about Sound and the Brain Brain Science Podcast, January 28, 2022.
Dr. Kraus Discusses Sound and the Brain The Circle of Insight, January 24, 2022.
How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World The Global Lunchbox, January 20, 2022.
The Biology Behind Hearing ListenUp! Podcast, December 9, 2021.
Your Brain on Sound EndoGenius, December 1, 2021.
The Science of Sound Futureproof, November 30, 2021.
How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World New Books Network, November 26, 2021.
Babbage: Mind Matters The Economist, November 16, 2021.
Episode 86: Nina Kraus Behind the Bits Podcast, Oct 26, 2021.
What noise is doing to our brains CBC Radio, October 22, 2021.
How do we make sense of the sounds around us? NPR Short Wave, October 18, 2021.
Of Sound Mind, Learning and Feeling Mike Nowak Show, October 10, 2021.
Of Sound Mind: How our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic World Commonwealth Club of California, October 7, 2021.
‘Sound Mind’ with Neurobiologist Dr. Nina Kraus The Rose Woman Podcast, October 1, 2021.
The Sound Mind with Neuroscientist Nina Kraus Inquiring Minds Podcast, September 28, 2021.
How Our Brains Create Meaning From The Sounds Around Us NPR: All Things Considered, September 27, 2021.
Making Sense of Music This is your brain podcast, September 24, 2021.
How the brain understands sound High Brow Drivel, September 5, 2021.
Nina Kraus, PhD, on the Brain and Sounds The Hearing Journal, July 2, 2021.
A Life in Music BBC Radio 4, June 3, 2021.
Music, Hearing and the Human Brain The Expert's Forum, hosted by Doug Beck, April 20, 2021.
A Scientist Walks into a Bar The Hideout, Dec 8, 2020.
The Sound Explorer Dana Foundation, August 18, 2020.
Renee Fleming’s Music and the Mind LIVE The Kennedy Center, July 28, 2020.
Music and the Brain Radio Cade, June 10, 2020.
The Sounds Inside Your Brain Sound Matters Podcast, May 9, 2020.
Playing Sports for Quieter Brains with Nina Kraus, PhD Feinberg Medicine Breakthroughs, December 19, 2019.
Listening Better Cadence: Music on the Mind, June 9, 2017.
What Musicians Hear Cadence: Music on the Mind, April 28, 2017.
Listening to the brain to reveal damage and disease Whyy - The Pulse, February 16, 2017.
Your brain on sound Only Human, WNYC, December 1, 2015.
I Got Rhythm, I Got Reading Scientific American, September 23, 2014.
This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain On Music NPR: All Things Considered, September 10, 2014.
Young Musicians Reap Long-Term Neuro Benefits Scientific American, February 22, 2014.
Interview with Dr. Nina Kraus Radio New Zealand, November 26, 2013.
Music Lessons Impact The Brain Into Adulthood NPR (WNYC, New York) Soundcheck, November 14, 2012.
Creating a culture of literacy: The impact of music education on the brain NPR (WBEZ, Chicago) Front & Center, June 12, 2012.
¿Habla usted simio? NPR (WBEZ, Chicago), June 5, 2012 .
How Music May Help Ward Off Hearing Loss NPR Morning Edition, August 22, 2011.
Musical training sharpens aging ears and brains NPR (WBEZ, Chicago), May 12, 2011.
Music and the Brain Austrian Public Radio, May 27, 2011.
Researchers Probe How Music Rewires the Brain AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Certificate of Merit Awarded to Gabriel Spitzer of WBEZ Chicago, November 9, 2010.
Music and the Brain BBC, July 21, 2010.
Say What?! Musicians Hear Better NPR All Things Considered, October 19, 2009 .
Listen to “Researchers Probe How Music Rewires the Brain” NPR (WBEZ, Chicago), September 11, 2009 .
Taking Up Music So You Can Hear NPR(WBEZ, Chicago), August 28, 2009..
Music and Emotions NPR (WNYC radio, New York), June 22, 2009..
Research Finds Musicians’ Brains Wired for Sound NPR(WBEZ, Chicago), Eight Forty-Eight March 4, 2009.
Interview with Nina Kraus NPR (WNYC, New York), Soundcheck, March 28, 2007.
An Ear for Music…and Chinese NPR (WNYC radio, New York), March 28, 2007.

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