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Of Sound Mind: A Partnership between Sound and the Brain
I How Sound Works
1 Signals Outside the Head
2 Signals Inside the Head
3 Learning: Merging Signals Outside the Head with the Signals Inside
4 The Listening Brain: A Quest
II Our Sonic Selves
5 Music Is the Jackpot: Sensing, Thinking, Moving, Feeling
6 Rhythm: Inside and Outside the Head
7 The Root of Language is Sound
8 Music and Language: A Partnership
9 The Bilingual Brain
10 Birdsong
11 Noise: Stop that Racket, It's Hurting my Brain
12 Aging and the Sound Mind
13 Sound and Brain Health: Spotlight on Athletes and Concussion
14 Our Sonic Past, Present, and Future

About the Author

Nina Kraus, a neuroscientist who has done pathbreaking research on sound and hearing for more than thirty years, is Hugh Knowles Professor of Neurobiology, Communication Sciences, and Otolaryngology at Northwestern University.


"Of Sound Mind" by Nina Kraus explains how our brain constructs a meaningful sonic world and shows for the first time that the processing of sound can drive many of the brain's core functions -- New Scientist

Drawing on hard science and exuberant appreciation, "Of Sound Mind" examines why we love music, how we make words, and what we mean when we say, "It's good to hear your voice." It also, significantly, advocates for creating our own healthy sonic environments, to "allow sound to change us for the better." -- Salon.com

This is a must-read for anyone who is a musician or who has a fascination with how our own bodies work -- or both. Put it on your to-read list; you won't be disappointed. -- Skeptophilia

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