Behind the Music, Beyond the Mind – Daniel Levitin’s Masterclass on Sound and Successful Ageing

Daniel Levitin is a neuroscientist, cognitive psychologist, bestselling author and musician whose work encompasses music, the brain, health, productivity and creativity. He is the Founding Dean of Arts & Humanities at Minerva University in San Francisco and Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Neuroscience at McGill University in Montreal.

He is the author of the best-selling books This Is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs, The Organized Mind, A Field Guide to Lies and Successful Aging (published in the UK as The Changing Mind). He has published more than 300 articles, in publications that include Science, Nature, PNAS, The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and The Wall Street Journal.

As a musician, he has performed with the likes of David Byrne and Sting, has released two solo albums, produced and consulted on albums by artists including Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan and Joni Mitchell, and has been awarded 17 gold and platinum records.


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02:07 How Daniel came to explore neuroscience, music, and writing in his career

06:38 Time management and prioritising tasks effectively

10:48 The role of an artist

14:53 The optimal approach for brain functioning regarding multitasking, attention, and focus 

19:43 A routine for maintaining brain health and nourishment

26:02 Research findings on friendships for cognitive health and brain function

29:20 A synopsis of ‘The Organized Mind’

32:08 One strategy for managing the information that comes at us

33:59 How to effectively harness the benefits of technology acting as an extension of cognitive capabilities

37:10 Daniel’s research into observing jazz musicians to understand how their brains function during the creative process

44:35 Our relationship with older music 

Links mentioned: 

The Organized Mind by Daniel Levitin

The World in Six Songs by Daniel Levitin

This Is Your Brain on Music by Daniel Levitin

A Field Guide to Lies and Successful Aging by Daniel Levitin