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The power of sound for brain health

We ask a lot of our brains and they comply, carrying out petaflops of computations per second. A substantial amount of this processing power is devoted to sound processing — a process that is therefore vulnerable, but also repairable.

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Acknowledgements

We would like to thank the National Science Foundation (BCS-1430400), the National Institutes of Health (F31-DC014221-01), the Dana Foundation, the National Association of Music Merchants, and the Hugh Knowles Center for support.

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  1. Hugh Knowles Professor of Neurobiology, and Communication Sciences at Northwestern University, Frances Searle Building, 2240 Campus Drive, Room 2-346, Evanston, IL, 60208-2952, USA

    • Nina Kraus
  2. Research Associate at Northwestern University, Frances Searle Building, 2240 Campus Drive, Room 2-356, Evanston, IL, 60208-2952, USA

    • Trent Nicol

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Competing interests

N.K. is a shareholder in Synaural Inc., a company working to develop a user-friendly measure of auditory processing. T.N. declares no competing interests.

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Correspondence to Nina Kraus or Trent Nicol.