Sept. 5, 2021

How the brain understands sound

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Making sense of sound is one of the most interesting and difficult things that our brain does constantly. So how does it work? And can you really have 'selective hearing' find out this and more on this week's episode. 

Expert guest:
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. Her book, OF SOUND MIND: How Our Brain Constructs a Meaningful Sonic Worldcomes out in September 2021 from MIT Press. You can learn more about the work her and her team do at the Brainvolts website as mentioned on the episode
You can find out more about her book at

Comedic guest:
Scott Curtis is a comedian with a mission to teach new comedians and inform comedy nerds about the intricacies of stand-up comedy. He started Behind the Bits Podcast as serious talk about stand-up comedy and interviews working comedians and industry experts every week to give his listeners nuggets of stand-up wisdom. Scott won the 2020 Discover Pods Award for Best Interview Style Podcast and hosts a wacky talk show called the BTB Internet Talk Show that is live-streamed every Thursday at 7PM EST on various platforms.