The organised mind: thinking straight in the age of information overload - LONDON

27 January 2015, 5:30pm


Daniel J Levitin, James McGill Professor of Psychology and Behavioural Neuroscience, McGill University, Montreal

Tuesday 27 January 2015 (17:30 - 19:00 + drinks)
The auditorium, Treasury Building, 1 Horse Guards Road entrance (SW1A 2HQ, backing on to St James’ Park)

Chair: Dr Claire Craig, Director, Government Office for Science

This talk is organised in collaboration with GO Science. To register your attendance, please click here.

The information age is drowning us in a deluge of data, and it is becoming increasingly difficult to separate facts from pseudo-facts, objective from biased sources, and at the same time, we’re all being asked to do more at home and at work. Yet some highly successful people are able to stay highly efficient and productive.

Daniel Levitin runs the Laboratory for Music Cognition, Perception and Expertise at McGill University in Montreal. He is the author of three books: This Is Your Brain on Music, The World in Six Songs and The Organized Mind.

As a cognitive neuroscientist specialising in music perception and cognition, he is credited for fundamentally changing the way that scientists think about auditory memory, showing through the Levitin Effect, that long-term memory preserves many of the details of musical experience that previous theorists regarded as lost during the encoding process. He is also known for drawing attention to the role of cerebellum in music listening, including tracking the beat and distinguishing familiar from unfamiliar music.

In his talk, Daniel will review the cognitive neuroscience of attention and memory, and how recent findings can help all of us to become more productive. His talk will address the myth of multi-tasking, advice for how to better structure our time, and how to better organise decision making using examples from health care contexts. He will also share secrets from some of the highly successful people he spoke to in doing research for the book: CEOs of some of the largest corporations in the world, artists, scientists, nobel prize winners, generals, admirals, governors, senators, and U.S. cabinet members.

How to register


Please note that Daniel Levitin will repeat his talk in Cambridge on 28 January, hosted by Cambridge Neuroscience. Registration will open soon.

Dr Claire Craig

Queen's College, Oxford