Auditory-processing malleability: Focus on language and music

Nina Kraus, Karen Banai

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Auditory processing for ms the basis of humans ability to engage in complex behaviors such as understanding spoken language or playing a musical instrument. Auditory processing is not a rigid, encapsulated process; rather, it interacts intimately with other neural systems and is affected by experience, environmental influences, and active training. Auditory processing is related to language and cognitive function, and impaired auditory processing negatively affects the quality of life of many people. Recent studies suggest that the malleability of the auditory system may be used to study the interaction between sensory and cognitive processes and to enhance human well-being. Copyright,

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)105-110
Number of pages6
JournalCurrent Directions in Psychological Science
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2007
Externally publishedYes

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by Grants NIH/NIDCD RO1-01510, F32DC008052, NSF BCS-0544846, and by the Hugh Knowles Center, Northwestern University.


  • Perceptual learning
  • Plasticity
  • Training

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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