Daniel Levitin


Daniel Levitin was honored as a Stamps Distinguished Visitor during the 2010-2011 season at the University of Miami Frost School of Music for his many contributions to tneurological music therapy research.

Levitin earned his Ph.D. in psychology from the University of Oregon, researching complex auditory patterns and pattern processing in expert and non-expert populations. He completed postdoctoral training at Stanford University Medical School in neuroimaging and at UC Berkeley in cognitive psychology. He has consulted on audio sound source separation for the U.S. Navy, and on audio quality for several record labels and rock bands, including the Grateful Dead and Steely Dan, He also served as one of the “Golden Ears” expert listeners in the original Dolby AC3 compression tests.

Levitin worked for two years at the Silicon Valley think tank Interval Research Corporation and has taught at Stanford University in the Department of Computer Science, the Program in Human-Computer Interaction and the Departments of Psychology, Anthropology, Computer Music and History of Science. Presently, he is an associate professor of psychology, behavioral neuroscience, and music at McGill University. He is the author of This is Your Brain On Music (Dutton/Penguin, 2006), which is published in 11 languages and which spent more than one year on the New York Times Bestseller list. His newest book, The World in Six Songs (Dutton/Penguin, 2008) hit the bestseller list in its first week of release.

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