Nina Kraus

Nina Kraus 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), auditory experts (musicians, bilinguals) and an animal model. In addition to being a pioneering thinker who bridges multiple disciplines (aging, development, lieteracy, music, and learning), Dr. Kraus is a technological innovator who roots her research in translational science.


PhDNorthwestern University
BASwarthmore College

Recent Publications

Full list of publications

Krizman J, Marian V, Shook A, Skoe E, Kraus N. (in press) Subcortical encoding of sound is enhanced in bilinguals and relates to executive function advantages. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1121359109.

Kraus N. (2011) Listening in on the listening brain. Physics Today. 64(6): 40-45.

Strait DL, Hornickel J, Kraus N. (2011) Subcortical processing of speech regularities predicts reading and music aptitude in children. Behavioral and Brain Functions. 7:44.

Kraus N, Chandrasekaran B. (2010) Music training for the development of auditory skills. Nature Reviews Neuroscience. 11:599-605

Hornickel J, Skoe E, Nicol T, Zecker S, Kraus N. (2009) Subcortical differentiation of voiced stop consonants: relationships to reading and speech in noise perception. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science 106(31): 13022-13027.

Tzounopoulos T, Kraus N. (2009) Learning to encode timing: mechanisms of plasticity in the auditory brainstem. Neuron 62(4): 463-469.

Recent Awards and Honors

Keynote addresses and invited talks

Recent Grants and Funding

More than 20 years of federal funding.

2012-2017A preschool biomarker for literacy. National Institute of Health, NICHD R01-HD069414, P.I.
2010-2015Neural correlates of auditory function and training in older adults. National Institute of Health, NIDCD R01 DC010016, P.I.
2010-2013Musical experience in older adults: impact on hearing speech in noise. National Science Foundation, BCS-1057556, P.I.
2009-2012Impact of musical experience on the nervous system: development of sound transcription, cognitive function and perception. National Science Foundation, BCS-0921275, P.I.


CSD 310Biological Foundations of Speech and Music
CSD 425Electrophysiology of the Human Auditory System
CSD 525Seminar: Topics in Central Auditory Neuroscience


Nina Kraus

Professor of Neurobiology & Physiology, Otolaryngology
Hugh Knowles Chair


Communication Sciences and Disorders


Frances Searle Building
2240 Campus Drive, Room 2-346
Evanston, IL 60208-2952



Graduate Programs:

Communication Sciences and Disorders