Nina Kraus

Nina Kraus, Ph.D., is a scientist, inventor, and amateur musician who studies the biology of auditory learning. She began her career measuring responses from single auditory neurons 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) or worse (language disorders, concussion, 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.


Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory, Director


PhD Northwestern University
BA Swarthmore College


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.


CSD 310 Biological Foundations of Speech and Music
CSD 525 Seminar: Topics in Central Auditory Neuroscience
SAI 501 Sound Science


Nina Kraus

Professor of Neurobiology, Otolaryngology; Hugh Knowles Chair; Fellow, Hugh Knowles Center


Communication Sciences and Disorders


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



Graduate Programs:

Communication Sciences and Disorders; Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program; Sound Arts and Industries

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