Nina Kraus

Nina Kraus, Ph.D., is a scientist, inventor, and amateur musician who studies the biology of auditory learning. She began her career recording responses from the rabbit auditory cortex and was one of the first to show that the adult nervous system has the potential for reorganization following learning; these insights in basic biology galvanized her to investigate auditory learning in humans.

Through a series of innovative studies involving thousands of research participants from birth to age 90, her research has found that our lives in sound, for better (musicians, bilinguals, auditory training) or worse (learning disabilities, aging, hearing loss), shape auditory processing. She continues to conduct parallel experiments in animal models to elucidate the mechanisms underlying these phenomena.

Never having accepted a lack of technology as a roadblock to scientific discovery, Kraus has invented new ways to measure the biology of sound processing in humans that provide unprecedented precision and granularity in indexing brain function. With her technological innovations she is now pushing science beyond the traditional laboratory by conducting studies in schools, community centers, and clinics.

Using the principles of neuroscience to improve human communication, she advocates for best practices in education, health, and social policy.

Lab Affiliations

Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, Director

Education

PhD Northwestern University
BA Swarthmore College


Publications

Full list of publications

Recent Awards and Honors

Keynote addresses and invited talks

Recent News Stories

In the News

Recent Grants and Funding

More than 20 years of federal funding.

Courses

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

 

Nina Kraus

Professor of Neurobiology & Physiology, Otolaryngology; Hugh Knowles Chair

Department:

Communication Sciences and Disorders

Office:

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

Phone:

847-491-3181

Graduate Programs:

Communication Sciences and Disorders; Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program