Daniel Levitin Faculty Portrait
Daniel J. Levitin, Ph.D., 
Founding Dean, College of Arts & Humanities
  • Neuroscientist, musician, author and record producer
  • Published more than 100 scientific articles and 300 articles for the general public
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada Former Vice President of 415/Columbia Records
  • One of the leading scientists in the world studying “neuroaesthetics,” how the brain delivers aesthetic experiences
  • Music producer who has been awarded 15 gold and platinum records
  • Has performed with musical greats Mel Tormé, David Byrne, Rosanne Cash, Ben Sidran, Bobby McFerrin, and Sting

Daniel J. Levitin, Founding Dean of the College of Arts & Humanities, is a neuroscientist, musician, author, and record producer. He is also the Director of the Laboratory for Music Cognition and Expertise at McGill University. Levitin is the author of three consecutive #1 best-selling books: This Is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human Obsession, The World In Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature, and The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight In The Age of Information Overload. He earned his Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Oregon, and his B.A. in Cognitive Science from Stanford University.

Levitin believes that training in the social sciences helps create globally-conscious leaders and innovators, who are effective at negotiating, working in teams, and interacting with others. He empowers his students to produce their best work — solving complex problems on their own, and challenging one another in a class environment defined by productive cooperation.