Curriculum Vitae


Department of Psychology

2001 McGill College Avenue

McGill University

Montreal, QC H3A 1G1 Canada


A.B. in Psychology with honors and highest university distinction, 1992, Stanford University, Stanford, CA.

M.S. in Psychology, 1993, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.

Ph.D. in Psychology, 1996, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.

Additional coursework at M.I.T., UC Berkeley, Wellesley College, Berklee College of Music, and California State University Fresno.


Founding Dean, College of Arts & Humanities, Minerva Schools at KGI.

Distinguished Faculty Fellow, Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley

Faculty Director, Center for Executive Education, Haas School of Business, University of California at Berkeley

Professor and James McGill Chair in Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience Department of Psychology, McGill University.

Associate Member:

School of Computer Science

Department of Neurology and Neurosurgery

Department of Music Theory

(Program in Sound Recording and Program in Music Technology),

Department of Education Counselling Psychology

Department of Integrated Studies in Education.


2009, Lokey Visiting Professor of Human Biology, Stanford University

2006-, Associate Member (Professeur associé), Department of Psychology, University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM)

2003, Visiting Assistant Professor of Music, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH

1999-, Visiting Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychology and Cognitive

2000, Science, University of California, Berkeley.

1996-, Visiting Scholar, Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics,

2000, Stanford, CA

1998, Visiting Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Stanford University.

1998, Visiting Lecturer, Department of Computer Science (Program in Human-Computer Interaction), Stanford University.

1992-, Lecturer, Department of Music, Stanford University.

2000, (Instructor, 1992 – 1993)

1995, Instructor, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon.

1994, Instructor, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University.

1991, Instructor, Program in Values, Technology and Society, Stanford University.


2017, National Business Book Award, A Field Guide to Lies

2017, Finalist, Donner Prize, A Field Guide to Lies

2017, AXIOM Business Book Awards, Silver Medal for Business Ethics, A Field Guide to Lies

2017, Certificate of Commendation, American Music Therapy Association, for Innovative Work in Advancing the Neuroscience of Music

2016, QWF’s Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction, A Field Guide to Lies

2015, 15th Annual Music Has Power Award, Center Light’s Institute for Music and Neurologic Function

2015, Fellow, RSA (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures andCommerce)

2015, 18th Annual Lauritsen Lecturer in High Energy Physics, California Institute ofTechnology

2013, Fellow, Royal Society of Canada

2013, Founding Member, Minerva Academy

2012, Fellow, Association for Psychological Science

2011, Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science

2007,  James McGill Professor of Psychology

2007, Visiting Scholar, Child Development & Rehabilitation Center, Oregon  Health Sciences University, Portland, OR

2006, Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching, McGill University.

2003 -, Fellow, Center for Interuniversity Research and Analysis on Organizations (CIRANO), Montréal, Québec.

2002 -, Bell Chair in the Psychology of Electronic Communication

2002, Canadian Science Writer’s Association Award, Science in Society First place, Television News or Magazine Items, Less Than 15 Minutes: “William’s Syndrome,”  Discovery Channel Canada –, April 16, 2001.  (Award to Producer, Karen McCairley).

2000-05, FCAR/FQRNT Strategic Professor Chair in Psychology

2000, Top 100 Papers in Cognitive Science, by The Millennium Project, for “Absolute Memory for Musical Pitch,” Levitin, D. J., Perception & Psychophysics, 1994.

1999, Best paper award, “The perception of cross-modal simultaneity.” International Conference on Computing and Anticipatory Systems, Liége, Belgium (August).

1998, Best paper award, “Absolute Pitch: Self-reference and human memory.” International Conference on Computing and Anticipatory Systems, Liege, Belgium (August).

1996, U.S. National Academy of Sciences/National Science Foundation Young Psychologists Award.

1995-96, University Fellowship, University of Oregon

1992-95, National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Research Fellowship (United States Office of Naval Research).

1992, American Psychological Association/Guilford Research Award.



The cognitive neuroscience of music perception, cognition and performance



Total publications in refereed journals: 69

Book chapters, reviews and other publications (Scientific): 38

Book chapters, reviews and other publications (General Audience): 315

Books: 6

Invited talks: 220

Colloquium talks: 61

Conference presentations: 74



Postdoctoral Fellows: 5

Graduate Students: 17

Doctoral Degrees Awarded: 9

Doctoral Examiner: 15

Undergraduate Honors Awarded: 18

Undergraduate Research Projects: 37



Awarded $3.2 million as PI at McGill ($1 million for equipment and infrastructure, $2.2 million in operating funds,), plus salary awards of $700,000 and participation in team grants worth a total of $9 million. Grants from: NSERC, SSHRC, NSF, Bell Canada, Google, NARAS.


Acoustical Society of America

American Association for the Advancement of Science

American Psychological Association

American Psychological Society

American Statistical Association

Audio Engineering Society

Canadian Internet Registration Authority

Cognitive Neuroscience Society

European Society for the Cognitive Sciences of Music (ESCOM)

Golden Key International Honor Society (honorary member)

International Computer Music Association (ICMA)

National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (Voting member)

Psi-Chi (National Honor Society in Psychology)

Psychonomic Society (Elected to membership, 2004)

Society for Music Perception and Cognition

Society for Research in Psychology of Music and Music Education


2010, Consultant, Saatchi Wellness.

2010, Consultant, Digitas Health.

2006, Consultant, Bombardier Industries, Passenger Jet Acoustics.

2006-2009, Signal Match, Inc. (now d.b.a. Signal Patterns, Inc.)

2006-2007, Philips Consumer Electronics, London (UK) and Eindhoven (Netherlands)

2005-2006, Consultant, Intellectual Property, Apple Computer, Inc.

2004, Consultant, Sirius Satellite Radio 2004-2005 Member, Board of Directors, SOPREF (Quebec independent record labels)

1999-2005, Member, Corporate Advisory Board. MoodLogic, Inc., San Francisco, California.

1999-2001, Consultant, Pareto Partners, Portola Valley, California

1996-1998, Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Interval Research Corporation, Palo Alto, California. Psychophysics, cognitive psychology, human factors.

1995, Consultant, United States Department of the Navy, Naval Underwater Weapons Center (NUWC) Research Laboratory, New London, CT. Sound source separation in underwater applications.

1992-2002, Consultant, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Recording science and technology.

1984-1989, 415/Columbia Records, San Francisco, California; New York, New York. Staff Engineer, Arranger, Producer (1984-1985); Vice President, Artists & Repertoire (1985-1988), President (January – May, 1989). Sold to Sony Music.

1984, Consultant, Booz-Allen Hamilton Corporation, San Francisco, California. Data Analysis, corporate organization.

1982-1996, President, Daniel Levitin Productions, Inc. San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York. Clients included A&M Records, Hollywood Records, Miramax Films, RCA Records, Warner Brothers Records, Sony Music.

1982-1983, Manager, Strategic Planning, Pacific Telephone and Telegraph/AT&T (known as Pacific Bell after 1983), San Francisco, CA.


Produced and consulted on over 30 rock and popular music records, including Steely Dan, Stevie Wonder, The Carpenters. Awarded 14 gold and platinum records, Gold Medal at the Venice Film Festival, 1 Emmy. Projects nominated for two Academy Awards.

Live music performances with Mel Tormé, Nancy Wilson, David Byrne, The Steve Miller Band, Bobby McFerrin, Rosanne Cash.

Worked as a stand-up comedian, won the National Lampoon Standup Comedy Competition Regional finals (1989), wrote jokes for Jay Leno and Arsenio Hall. Sometime co-author the Bizarro comic strip, running in 200 newspapers worldwide

Over 800 Television, Radio, and Print interviews (separate list available on request) including BBC, CBC, PBS, NPR, The New York Times, Newsweek, London Times.

*Dan’s Complete CV