Head Banging: How Music and Concussions Impact Brain Health

September 25, 2018
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

South Shore Cultural Center
South Shore Cultural Center, South South Shore Drive, Chicago, IL, USA


How do our experiences, such as learning how to play music and playing sports, affect our brain? Although we are surrounded by sound all of the time, we rarely give much thought to this invisible yet powerful companion. The auditory system is a uniquely complex sensory system and the ability to make sense of sound relies on exquisite precision by the brain. Given the complexity and precision of the auditory system, accurate sound processing is particularly vulnerable to head injury. On the other hand, its precision can be honed by activities that exercise the auditory brain such as playing a musical instrument.

We have discovered a way to objectively capture the imprint that sounds leave on our brains. This biological approach empowers us to learn more and more about this invisible ally and enemy of brain health. Dr. Kraus will examine the promise of measuring soundprints in the brain to assess and manage sports-related concussions. She will discuss how music training is beneficial for the brain, strengthens our communication skills, and can inform health care, education, and social policy. Join us on September 25th to get swept away in this sensory learning experience.


See ‘Music’ and ‘Concussion’ at www.brainvolts.northwestern.edu

See Demonstration of our Biological Approach

Event Details

This program is part of the “Science in the Parks” initiative and is presented by C2St and the Chicago Park District.

Doors open at 5:30 pm and the program starts at 6:00 pm.


Metered parking is available in the lot on site.  Get rates and additional information.

For directions using public transportation visit www.transitchicago.com.