The keynote speaker for SMPC 2011 will be Nina Kraus.

Professor Kraus is the Hugh Knowles Professor (Communication Sciences; Neurobiology & Physiology; Otolaryngology) at Northwestern University, where she directs the Auditory Neuroscience Laboratory. Dr. Kraus investigates biological bases of speech and music. She investigates learning-associated brain plasticity throughout the lifetime in diverse populations--normal, expert (musicians), and clinical (dyslexia; autism; hearing loss)--and also in animal models. In addition to being a pioneering thinker who bridges multiple disciplines (aging, development, literacy, music, and learning), Dr. Kraus is a technological innovator who roots her research in translational science.

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