Alum News: Using music for mental health

Daniel Levitin on a stage
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Monday, June 13, 2022

In a UO alumni article, Daniel Levitin, who got his PhD in our department in 1996, talked about his experience mixing his music career with cognitive psychology. “Somebody may no longer remember the names of their spouse or family members, and yet, still be able to remember lyrics to songs they knew when they were fourteen,” Dr. Levitin said. “Music insinuates itself into memory in a special way. This can be a way to reach out to somebody who is otherwise cut off, emotionally or cognitively, from the people around them.” Read more about his experience in the original article or watch his Ted Talk: "How to stay calm when you know you’ll be stressed."