The "Woods" Series was established
by a generous gift from the estate of J. James Woods. The goal of
the Woods bequest is to bring prominent mathematicians and
scientists to Butler University in order to speak on theories at
the frontier of their disciplines, as well as on related
technologies and other issues of public concern.
"This is Your Brain on Music"
Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014 - 7:30 PM, Reilly
Daniel J. Levitin, the James McGill Professor of Psychology and
Neuroscience at McGill University, is the author of the book
This is Your Brain on Music: The Science of a Human
Obsession (Dutton/Penguin, 2006) which stayed on The New
York Times and The (Toronto) Globe and Mail
bestseller lists for more than 16 months. Two award-winning
documentaries base on "This is Your Brain on Music" have been
broadcast internationally: The Music Instinct co-starred
Levitin and Bobby McFerrin, and The Musical Brain
co-starred Levitin and Sting.
As a musician (tenor saxophone, guitar, and bass), he has
performed with Mel Tormé, Nancy Wilson, David Byrne, Roseanne Cash,
Sting, Bobby McFerrin, Rodney Crowell, Victor Wooten,
Blue Öyster Cult, members of the Steve Miller Band, and
Levitin earned his doctorate in cognitive psychology from the
University of Oregon. He has been a visiting professor at
Stanford University, where he taught courses in the psychology,
computer science, human biology, music, and anthropology
departments, and the School of Education. He has also been a
visiting professor in psychology at US Berkeley and Dartmouth.