Daniel Joseph Levitin, FRSC is an American cognitive psychologist, neuroscientist, best-selling author, musician and record producer. He is James McGill Professor of psychology and behavioral neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, with additional appointments in music theory, computer science, and education; Director of the Laboratory for Music Perception, Cognition and Expertise at McGill, and Dean of Arts and Humanities at The Minerva Schools at KGI. He is an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, and a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. He has appeared frequently as a guest commentator on NPR and CBC.
Levitin is best known for three #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 is also known for scientific articles on absolute pitch, music cognition and neuroscience.