EVANSTON -- Dana Strait has been named to the board of directors of the Society for Music Perception and Cognition.  She is the first graduate student ever invited to hold this position and will serve a two-year term.

Strait is a PhD student working under the supervision of Richard Ashley, associate professor of music, and Nina Kraus, professor  of neurobiology, physiology, and otolaryngology.  Strait’s research interests include how music and sound are processed in the auditory brainstem; music and emotion; and the acoustical microstructure of affective sound.  She received a master or arts degree from Eastern Washington University and a bachelor of arts degree from Whitworth College.

The Society for Music Perception and Cognition is the oldest international society in the field of music cognition and is one of the principal hosts of the International Conference on Music Perception and Cognition.


  • Richard Ashley
  • PhD Studies