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Daniel Levitin

Dean of Arts & Humanities, Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute
Daniel J. Levitin is the James McGill Professor of Psychology, Music and Computer Science at McGill University and the Dean of Arts and Humanities at the Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute. He is the author of the international best-sellers "This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession" and "The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature" and is one of the best-selling scientist-writers of the last 10 years. His newest book is "The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload." Levitin has published more than 100 scientific articles in leading journals, including Science, Nature, PNAS, Neuron and Cognition. He is credited with fundamental discoveries about the nature of musical memory and absolute pitch, the neural correlates of musical structure and the role of the cerebellum in mediating musical emotion. Prior to entering academia, Levitin was a record producer and engineer with artists such as Blue Öyster Cult, Santana and Stevie Wonder.