Daniel Levitin Biography
Daniel Joseph Levitin, FRSC is an American-Canadian cognitive psychologist, neuroscientist, writer, musician, and record producer.
Daniel Levitin Age
Daniel was born on December 27th, 1957 in San Francisco, He is 61 years old as of 2018.
Daniel Levitin Family | Young
He was born to Lloyd Levitin, a businessman and professor, and Sonia Levitin, a novelist and was raised in Daly City, Moraga, and Palos Verdes, California. There is also no information about him having siblings.
Daniel Levitin Married | Wife
There is no information about Daniel having been married, he has not shared any information about him having married and has opted to keep silent about his personal life. He has also not shared any information about him having dated before.
Daniel Levitin Education
He got enrolled and later graduated after his junior year at Palos Verdes High School and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he studied applied mathematics; he enrolled at the Berklee College of Music before dropping out of college to join a succession of bands, work as a record producer, and help finding a record label, 415 Records.
He returned to school in his thirties, studying cognitive psychology/cognitive science first at Stanford University where he received a BA degree in 1992 (with honors and highest university distinction) and then to the University of Oregon where he received an MSc degree in 1993 and a Ph.D. degree in 1996. He completed post-doctoral fellowships at Paul Allen’s Silicon Valley think-tank Interval Research, at the Stanford University Medical School, and at the University of California, Berkeley.
Daniel Levitin Career
Levitin began playing piano at age 4, and took up clarinet at age 8, and bass clarinet and saxophone at age 12. From ages 12 – 14 he wrote arrangements for and conducted the school pep band, jazz band, and concert band at Joaquin Moraga Junior High School, in Moraga, CA, performing at civic functions and on the local CBS television affiliate, KPIX Channel 5. He continued playing saxophone (tenor and baritone) in high school, and at age 17 performed on baritone with the big band backing up Mel Tormé at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Levitin took up guitar at age 16, and has been a member of a number of bands, including The Alsea River Band (lead guitar), The Mortals (bass), Judy Garland (bass), The Shingles (lead guitar), Slings & Arrows (bass), JD Buhl (bass and guitar) —and also played on recording sessions for Blue Öyster Cult, the soundtrack to Repo Man, and True West.
He continues to perform regularly and has appeared on saxophone with Sting, Ben Sidran, and Bobby McFerrin, on guitar with Rosanne Cash, Blue Öyster Cult, Rodney Crowell, Michael Brook, Gary Lucas, Victor Wooten, Steve Bailey, Peter Case, Peter Himmelman, Lenny Kaye, Jessie Farrell, and David Byrne; and on vocals with Renée Fleming, Neil Young and Rosanne Cash. In Fall 2017 he toured the West Coast with singer-songwriter Tom Brosseau. He began writing songs at age 17 and his songwriting has been praised by a number of top songwriters including Diane Warren, and Joni Mitchell who said of the “Dan is really good at what he does, and creates rich images with his words and music.”
Levitin began writing articles in 1988 for music industry magazines Billboard, Grammy, EQ, Mix, Music Connection, and Electronic Musician and was named contributing writer to Billboard′s Reviews section from 1992 to 1997. He has also written op-eds, reviews, and essays for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Atlantic.Daniel Levitin
Levitin is the author of This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession, (Dutton/Penguin 2006; Plume/Penguin 2007) which spent more than 12 months on the New York Times and the Globe and Mail bestseller lists. It was nominated for two awards (The Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Outstanding Science & Technology Writing and the Quill Award for the Best Debut Author of 2006), named one of the top books of the year by Canada’s The Globe and Mail and by The Independent and The Guardian, and has been translated into 16 languages.
The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature (Dutton/Penguin 2008) debuted on the Canadian and the New York Times bestseller lists, and was named by the Boston Herald and by Seed Magazine as one of the best books of 2008; it was also nominated for the World Technology Awards. His book sales have made Levitin the #1 bestselling scientist of the last ten years. The Organized Mind was published by Dutton/Penguin Random House in 2014 debuting at #2 on the New York Times Best Seller List[ and reaching #1 on the Canadian best-seller lists.
A Field Guide to Lies was published by Dutton/Penguin Random House in 2016, and released in paperback in March 2017 under the revised title Weaponized Lies. It appeared on numerous best-seller lists in the U.S., Canada, and the U.K., and is the most acclaimed of Levitin’s four books, receiving the National Business Book Award, the Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction, the Axiom Business Book Award, and was a finalist for the Donner Prize.
From September 2006 to April 2007 he served as a weekly commentator on the CBC Radio One show Freestyle. Two documentary films were based on This Is Your Brain on Music, The Music Instinct (2009, PBS), which Levitin co-hosted with Bobby McFerrin, and The Musical Brain (2009, CTV/National Geographic Television) which he co-hosted with Sting. He appeared in Artifact (film), a 2012 documentary film directed by Jared Leto. His television and film appearances have reached more than 50 million viewers worldwide.
Levitin had a cameo appearance in The Big Bang Theory at the invitation of the producers, in Season 8, Episode 5, “The Focus Attenuation,” during the opening scene, sitting at a table in the Caltech cafeteria over Sheldon’s right shoulder. In January 2015 he was a guest on BBC Radio 4’s Start the Week programme, alongside cognitive scientist Margaret Boden.
Daniel Levitin Net Worth
Daniel estimated net worth is under review, there is no information about his net worth or salary but he is said to have been earning a huge salary from his work.
Daniel Levitin Awards
- Finalist, Donner Prize (2017), A Field Guide to Lies.
- Winner, National Business Book Award (2017), A Field Guide to Lies.
- Silver Medal, Axiom Business Book Awards, Ethics category (2017), A Field Guide to Lies.
- Winner, Mavis Gallant Prize for Non-Fiction (2016), A Field Guide to Lies.
- Finalist, Los Angeles Times Book Prize (2006), This Is Your Brain on Music, Best Book on Science and Technology.
- 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.
- Winner, Gemini Award, Best Sound in an Information/Documentary Program or Series, The Musical Brain (Daniel Levitin, Host and Scientific Consultant), 2009.
- Hugo Television Award, Science/Nature Documentary, 45th Chicago International Film Festival, The Musical Brain (Daniel Levitin, Host and Scientific Consultant), 2009.
- 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.
- Nominee, Quill Award, Best Debut Author (2006), This Is Your Brain on Music.
- Awarded sixteen RIAA gold and platinum records
Daniel Levitin Books
- The Billboard Encyclopedia of Record Producers (1999). New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, E. Olsen, C. Wolff, P. Verna, Editors; D. J. Levitin, Associate Editor.
- Foundations of Cognitive Psychology: Core Readings (2002), Cambridge, MA: M.I.T. Press
- Foundations of Cognitive Psychology: Core Readings, Second Edition (2010), Boston: Allyn & Bacon/Pearson Publishing
- This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession, (2006), New York: Dutton/Penguin. (Released in the U.K. and Commonwealth territories by Atlantic, 2007). (Appeared on the New York Times Bestseller List both in hardcover and paperback)
- The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature (2008), New York: Dutton/Penguin and Toronto: Viking/Penguin. (New York Times Bestseller)
- The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight In The Age Of Information Overload (2014), New York: Dutton/Penguin Random House and Toronto: Allen Lane/Penguin Random House and London: Viking/Penguin Random House.
- A Field Guide to Lies: Critical Thinking in the Information Age (2016), New York: Dutton/Penguin Random House; Toronto: Allen Lane/Penguin Random House; London: Viking/Penguin Random House