Department of Psychology
1205 Dr. Penfield Avenue
Montreal, QC H3A 1B1 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.
Professor and James McGill Chair in Psychology, Department of Psychology, McGill University. Associate Member, School of Computer Science, Schulich School of Music, Faculty of Education
James McGill Professor, McGill University, 2007 – present.
Lokey Visiting Professor of Human Biology, Stanford University, 2009.
Associate Professor, McGill University, 2004 – 2010.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychology and Music, Dartmouth College, 2003.
Assistant Professor and Bell Chair in Psychology, McGill University, 2000 – 2004.
Visiting Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychology and Cognitive Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1999 – 2000.
Lecturer, Department of Psychology, Stanford University, 1998.
Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, Stanford University, 1998.
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Psychology and School of Medicine, Stanford University, 1998-2000.
Post-Doctoral Fellow, Interval Research Corporation, 1996-1998.
Lecturer, Department of Music, Stanford University, 1994 – 2000 (Instructor, 1992 – 1993).
Instructor, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, 1995.
Instructor, Department of Anthropology, Stanford University, 1994.
Instructor, Program in Values, Technology and Society, Stanford University, 1991.
Cine Special Jury Prize for Arts & Culture, The Music Instinct (Daniel Levitin, co-host, co-writer and Chief Scientific Consultant), 2010, Washington, D.C.
Banff World Television Festival, Rockie Award Nominee, The Music Instinct (Daniel Levitin, co-host, co-writer and Chief scientific Consultant), 2010.
First place, Pariscience Film Festival, The Music Instinct (Daniel Levitin, co-host, co-writer and Chief scientific Consultant), 2009.
Hugo Television Award, Science/Nature Documentary, 45th Chicago International Film Festival, The Musical Brain (Daniel Levitin, Host and Scientific Consultant), 2009.
Resident Scholar, Institute for Science, Engineering and Public Policy, Portland, Oregon, 2008.
European Acoustics Association (EAA) Award for Outstanding Scientific Results Published in Acta Acustica United With Acustica (with co-recipients C. Guastavino, J-D Pollack, D. Dubois and B. Katz), 2008.
Principal’s Prize for Excellence in Teaching, McGill University. (One of four awarded each year, one per academic rank), 2006.
Canadian Science Writer’s Association Award, Science in Society First place, Television News or Magazine Items, Less Than 15 Minutes, for “Williams Syndrome,” Discovery Channel Canada – @discovery.ca, April 16, 2001. (Award to Producer, Karen McCairley), 2002.
FCAR/FQRNT Strategic Professor Chair in Psychology, 2000-2005.
Top 100 Papers in Cognitive Science, by The Millennium Project, for “Absolute Memory for Musical Pitch,” Levitin, D. J., Perception & Psychophysics, 2000.
National Science Foundation Supercomputing Prize, 1992.
Total publications in refereed journals: 51
Book chapters, other scientific publications: 59
Invited talks: 103
Colloquium Talks: 47
Conference presentations: 64
Patents: 2 (pending)
Postdoctoral Fellows: 4
Graduate Students: 14
Doctoral Degrees Awarded: 7
Doctoral Examiner: 15
Undergraduate Honors Awarded: 17
Undergraduate Research Projects: 35
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.