Mind, Body & Music with Dr. Daniel J. Levitin

Dr. Daniel J. Levitin is a cognitive psychologist, neuroscientist, musician, and the author of multiple NYT best-selling books, including This is your Brain on Music, A Field Guide to Lies, and Successful Aging. Levitin has published more than 300 articles, in journals including Science, Nature, PNAS, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The Wall Street Journal.  His TED talk How To Be Calm When You Know You’ll Be Stressed is one of the most viewed ever, at over 20 million views.

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00:02:43 Chapter 1: The Man Behind The Levitin Effect

00:11:07Chapter 2: Musician’s Works as Experiments

00:14:43Chapter 3: The Differences between Music and Language

00:17:54Chapter 4: Would Music Leave our Lives Unchanged if it Disappeared?

00:28:06Chapter 5: Making Decisions, Focus, and Open-mindedness

00:41:37Chapter 6: Opinions, Facts, and the Democratization of Information

00:53:21Chapter 7: Evidence-Based Approach and Diversity

00:59:28Chapter 8: The Recipe to Successful Aging

01:12:10Chapter 9: The Neuroscience of Comedy

Mentioned in this Episode:

Dan’s epic TED talk, How to stay calm when you know you’ll be stressed, is one of the most useful 12 minutes you’ll ever spend!

Here’s the Wikipedia entry on the neuroscientific finding that bears Dan’s name: Levitin effect

You can hear an example of the “infinite guitar” sound coined by Michael Brook, as played by The Edge in U2’s classic With or Without You here (0:09 to 0:34).

Check out the abstract of Steven Pinker’s The Language Instinct by the author himself.

Get more information about Dan’s books here.

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