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We are drowning in information and, at the same time, expected to make more—and faster—decisions about our lives. What works and what doesn't when it comes to organizing our minds? In this short conversation recorded at the 72nd CFA Institute Annual Conference in London, Daniel J. Levitin, an award-winning scientist, musician, writer, and record producer, discusses his book, The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Overload, why multi-tasking is a myth, how music affects the brain, and much more.

The Take 15 Series is a collection of illuminating, short conversations with noted economists, best-selling authors, leading researchers, and successful practitioners on topics ranging from geopolitics and whistleblowing to irrationality and outlooks.

About the Speaker(s)

Daniel Levitin

Daniel Levitin is an award-winning scientist, musician, writer, and record producer. As a cognitive neuroscientist specializing in music perception and cognition, he is attributed with fundamentally changing the way scientists think about auditory memory. Dr. Levitin is the author of the No. 1 bestsellers "This Is Your Brain on Music", "The World in Six Songs", and "The Organized Mind", and his TED talks have been viewed more than 18 million times. His writing has appeared in Grammy, Billboard, scientific journals, and audio magazines worldwide. Before becoming a neuroscientist, Dr. Levitin worked as a session musician, sound engineer, and record producer, working with such artists as Stevie Wonder, Santana, The Grateful Dead, and Blue Oyster Cult. He also worked as a standup comedian and a joke writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Dr. Levitin received a BA in cognitive psychology and cognitive science from Stanford University and a PhD in psychology from the University of Oregon.