“Children who are doing music training along with their other academics have higher IQs—it actually changes the function and structure of the brain.” – Dr. Matthew Baral In this Speakeasy talk from Wanderlust Aspen-Snowmass 2014, Dr. Matthew Baral explains how sound plays a vital role in our development and understanding of the world. As a leader in the field of pediatric medicine, he serves as chair of the department of pediatrics at Southwest College of Naturopathic Medicine and is a vibrant supporter of Autism research and awareness. In this talk, Dr. Baral explores the auditory connections that shape our perceptions, especially in children. Since hearing is one of the first senses we develop, even within the womb, babies show measured responses to music. Upon being born, these responses continue until the infant is able to verbally communicate on their own. Sound is found in all cultures and is often a tool used to bring people, families, and communities closer together. Through his research Dr. Baral has found that music, sound, and communication have a measured response on how the brain is wired. Through cultivation of sound, meditation, and exposure to music we can re-wire ourselves to be more balanced individuals. Even when we find ourselves alone, the sound of our own hearts and our breathing unites us. Dr. Baral hopes that a better understanding of how sound influences our lives will lead us to more complete connection with our communities and cultures. For more tips on how to re-train your brain using the outdoors, check out Dr. Baral's Speakeasy lecture "This is Your Brain on Nature." For more information visit drmatthewbaral.com or follow him via Twitter or Facebook.