Daniel J. Levitin
“My research has shown that music affects every area of the brain that has so far been mapped. Because of this, and its ancient origins, musical pathways can remain preserved even in the face of brain injury and diseases such as Alzheimer’s. We are on the cusp of figuring out how music can be used as part of an integrated therapy program to help people with Alzheimer’s disease, whether they are musicians or not, and the coming five years promises great new advances.”
Daniel J. Levitin is an award-winning neuroscientist, musician, and best-selling author. He is widely regarded as one of the leading scientists in the world studying the intersection of music, the brain, and health.
Levitin has published more than 100 scientific articles, in journals including Science, Nature, PNAS, and Neuron; and over 300 popular articles including in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The Wall Street Journal. His own research has been featured in over 1700 articles in the popular press, including 17 appearances in The New York Times, and in The London Times, Scientific American, and Rolling Stone. He is a frequent guest on NPR and CBC Radio and has appeared on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CBS This Morning, CNN. His TED talk is among the most popular of all time.
He is the author of four consecutive #1 bestselling books “This Is Your Brain On Music,” “The World in Six Songs,” “The Organized Mind,” and “A Field Guide to Lies”. A popular public speaker, he has given presentations on the floor of Parliament in London, to the U.S. Congress, Microsoft, Google, and Amazon.
Dr. Levitin earned his Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology with a Ph.D. minor in Music Technology from the University of Oregon, his B.A. from Stanford in cognitive psychology, and completed post-doctoral training at Stanford University Medical School and UC Berkeley. He has been a visiting professor at Stanford, Dartmouth, Harvard, and UC Berkeley.
As a musician (tenor saxophone, guitar and bass), he has performed with Mel Tormé, David Byrne, Rosanne Cash, Sting, and Bobby McFerrin. Levitin has produced and consulted on albums by artists including Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell and on the films Good Will Hunting and Pulp Fiction. He has been awarded 17 gold and platinum records. He is the Founding Dean of Arts & Humanities at the Minerva Schools at the Keck Graduate Institute, San Francisco, California, and James McGill Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Music at McGill University.
Through the research of Dr. Daniel J. Levitin and the guidance and generosity of Arthur Kelm (Universal Music Group/Ground One), David Dolby (Dolby Laboratories), and other partners, the Kim and Glen Campbell Foundation is working to design and install immersive listening rooms in non-profit Memory Care communities to enhance the brain health of people with cognitive impairment.