Daniel J. Levitin

Daniel J. Levitin appears in the following:

Spotting Pseudo-Facts and Outright Lies in the Media

Thursday, September 01, 2016

For the election season, learn strategies for conducting critical analyses of the information presented by the media, from spotting pseudo-facts to downright lies.

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How to Master Information Overload Using Neuroscience

Monday, October 13, 2014

A psychologist and neuroscientist explains how new research into attention and memory can help us navigate information overload.

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How to Multi-Task and Better Manage Your Time at Home and at Work

Monday, August 18, 2014

A psychologist and neuroscientist explains how new research into attention and memory can help us navigate information overload.

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Take a Real Vacation

Friday, August 15, 2014

Science says your brain needs it.

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Pick Three: Daniel Levitin

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

To mark the occasion of his landmark 1000th media interview, author and neuroscientist Dan Levitin drops by Soundcheck to share three of his favorite songs.


Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin Picks Three; Why Movie Musicals Rolled Over And Died; Yuna Plays Live

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

In this episode: When Soundcheck wants to talk about the music and the brain, Daniel Levitin has been our go-to guy. So when author and neuroscientist -- whose books include the bestsellers This Is Your Brain On Music and The World In Six Songs -- was approaching his 1000th interview, he marked the occasion sharing a playlist of some of his favorite songs as part of our Pick Three series.

Then: Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, and My Fair Lady mark a high point in the movie musical -- and sounded the death knell for the form at the same time. Roadshow! author Matthew Kennedy explains why.

And: Yuna is a Malaysian singer-songwriter who's gotten attention for her R&B-inflected pop both at home and abroad. Hear her perform a stripped down set in the Soundcheck studio studio and to tell us about why Coldplay is uber-romantic.



Hitting A Musical Red Light

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Has this ever happened to you? Things are going great in a relationship. And then, you find out that your significant other loves music that you hate. Or doesn't understand your taste...

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'Magical' Musical Moments And Why They Move Us

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The New York Times' chief classical critic Anthony Tommasini has been writing about “Musical Moments” -- those subtle, surprising passages that just reach out and grab us. He's joined...

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Play It Again..and Again...and Again

Monday, May 21, 2012

We all have that one song that we just can’t stop listening to – just check out your iTunes "plays" column for proof. Writer Katie Arnold-Ratliff joins us to discuss her fixation on an entire album, and we talk with neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin about why we can get stuck on one song. Plus, we want to know: what's your most played song...and how many times have you played it?

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Eat to the Beat: Eating Through Your Ears

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

We all know that one’s sense of smell is closely linked to taste - but recent research shows that other senses, including hearing, also affect how we perceive what we’re eating.

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Formative Year: Age 14

Thursday, June 02, 2011

The age of 14 is kind of a suspension. You’re not a kid anymore…but teenage growing pains are still a growth spurt or two away. Music critic David Hajdu says, that makes it the most important year in a music fan’s life. Hajdu is joined by musician and neuroscientist Daniel J. Levitin to explain why so many artists, performers and listeners are shaped by their teenage musical tastes.

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Ear Wars: Biology of Music

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

How do our brains know what to do with music?  Is the ability to distinguish music part of human DNA?  Best selling author, neuroscientist and musician Daniel J. Levitin returns to our studio with Adam Gopnik of The New Yorker to talk about the biology of music. 

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Inspiration and Perspiration

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Does practice really make perfect? Musician and neuroscientist Daniel Levitin, the bestselling author of “This Is Your Brain on Music” and “The World In Six Songs,” joins us with Grammy-winning bassist Victor Wooten, from Bela Fleck’s band, to talk about the dual roles of inspiration and practice in making music.

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Synesthesia, Scriabin and Seeing Music

Friday, October 22, 2010

Author and professor Daniel Levitin unpacks synesthesia and Scriabin.

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The Healing Power of Music

Monday, August 24, 2009

A group of wounded veterans are playing death metal and composing rap lyrics as part of their rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Medical Center. Eclectic composer Arthur Bloom joins us to tell us the story of a program called MusiCorps. And we ask neuroscientist, cognitive psychologist, and former record producer ...

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The Beats That Bind

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

A Stanford University study suggests that synchronized activities like marching in time and chanting in church can improve how societies function. We discuss the study with its co-author, Scott Wiltermuth, and Daniel Levitin, author of The World in Six Songs: How the Musical Brain Created Human Nature. Later: Henkjan Honing ...

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The Beat Goes On

Friday, February 06, 2009

Some people talk about being a slave to the beat. A new study out of Stanford suggests that synchronized activities like marching in time, and chanting in church, can actually improve how societies function. We explore the role of rhythm in society with the study's co-author, Scott Wiltermuth, a PhD ...

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Music: It's Only Human

Friday, November 02, 2007

Record-producer-turned-neuroscientist Daniel Levitin went from working with Stevie Wonder and Blue Oyster Cult to researching human behavior and music. He joins Soundcheck to discuss whether music is an evolutionary accident -- or fundamental to our species.