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.
Dean, College of Arts & Humanities, Minerva Schools at KGI.
Professor and James McGill Chair in Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience Department of Psychology, McGill University.
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.
2013, Fellow, Royal Society of Canada
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 – @discovery.ca, 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: 60
Book chapters, reviews and other publications: 71
Invited talks: 133
Colloquium talks: 48
Conference presentations: 71
Postdoctoral Fellows: 5
Graduate Students: 16
Doctoral Degrees Awarded: 9
Doctoral Examiner: 15
Undergraduate Honors Awarded: 18
Undergraduate Research Projects: 36
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.