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Of Sound Mind by Nina Kraus
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Of Sound Mind by Nina Kraus
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Sep 28, 2021 | ISBN 9780262045865

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2022 PROSE Award Winner, Biomedicine
Selected as NPR’s Book of the DayOne of Behavioral Scientist‘s Notable Books of 2021

Of Sound Mind offers a deeply scientific yet often poetic look at the hearing brain and provides an in-depth narrative about why such explorations are important. The expertly rendered illustrations by Katie Shelly that accompany the text make complex processes easy to understand; their cartoonlike quality make science seem familiar, friendly, easy to access….Ms. Kraus’s greatest triumph is in making the invisible visible, in vividly rendering those vibrations of air through the medium of her words and reminding us to pause and listen.”
the Wall Street Journal

“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.”

“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.”


PROSE Award – Biomedicine and Neuroscience WINNER 2022

Table Of Contents

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

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