Dan Levitin, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology, McGill -

Dr. Daniel Levitin is the James McGill Professor of Psychology at McGill University (Montreal, Quebec), and holds associate appointments in the Department of Music Theory and the McGill School of the Environment. Levitin earned his B.A. in Cognitive Psychology and Cognitive Science at Stanford University, and went on to earn his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Oregon, researching complex auditory patterns and pattern processing in expert and non-expert populations. He completed a two-year Post-Doctoral research position at Interval Research Corporation where he worked on human-computer interaction and musical interface design (one of the instruments he helped develop is currently being played by Laurie Anderson and by Michael Brook). Before receiving his academic degrees, he worked as a record company executive and record producer. He has consulted on audio sound source separation for the U.S. Navy, and on technical and marketing issues for every major record label. He taught at Stanford University for several years in the Department of Computer Science, the Program in Human-Computer Interaction, and the Departments of Psychology, Anthropology, Computer Music, and History of Science.