Dr. Daniel S. Levine
Dr. Daniel S. Levine
Description of Research
Dr. Levine’s research deals with behavioral studies and neural network modeling of human decision making. One of his laboratory’s projects has dealt with the differences in risky choices between prospects involving more and less emotional outcomes. Another project has dealt with a judgment task involving estimation of relative probabilities, and the effects on that task of both manipulated emotions and numerical competence. He develops computational theories of how several interacting cognitive and emotional brain regions are involved in those decision processes. His laboratory has also engaged in collaborative work with a brain imaging laboratory.
Titles of Curent Laboratory Experiments
Neural Basis of Decision Making (in collaboration with University of Texas Southwestern)
Levine, D.S., Explorations in Common Sense and Common Nonsense, 1998 [Link to Book]
Levine, D.S., Introduction to Neural and Cognitive Modeling, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000 [Synopsis of Book]
Levine, D.S., Brown, V.R., & Shirey, T. (Editors), Oscillations in Neural Systems, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2000
Parks, R.W., Levine, D.S., & Long, D.L. (Editors), Fundamentals of Neural Network Modeling: Neuropsychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, MIT Press, 1998
Levine, D.S., & Elsberry, W.R. (Editors), Optimality in Biological and Artificial Networks? Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1997
Levine, D.S., & Aparicio, M. IV (Editors), Neural Networks for Knowledge Representation and Inference, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1994
Levine, D.S., & Leven, S.J. (Editors), Motivation, Emotion, and Goal Direction in Neural Networks, Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 1992
Levine, D. S. (2012). Neural dynamics of affect, gist, probability, and choice. Cognitive Systems Research, 15-16, 57-72, doi:10.1016/j.cogsys.2011.07.002. [Full Text]
Levine, D.S. (2009). Where is utopia in the brain? Utopian Studies, 20, 249-274. [Full Text]
Levine, D.S., & Perlovsky, L.I. (2008). Simplifying heuristics versus careful thinking: Scientific analysis of millennial spiritual issues. Zygon, 43, 797-821. [Full text]
Levine, D.S., Jani, N.G., & Gilbert, D.G. (2003). Modeling the effects of nicotine on a continuous performance task. Neurocomputing, 52-54, 573-582 [Full Text]
Eisler, R., & Levine, D.S. (2002). Nurture, nature, and caring: We are not prisoners of our genes. Brain and Mind, 3, 9-52 [Full Text]
Levine, D.S., Introduction to the Special Issue on Brain Development and Caring Behavior, Brain and Mind, 3, 1-7 [Full Text]
Jani, N.G., & Levine, D.S. (2000). A neural network theory of proportional analogy making. Neural Networks, 13, 149-183 [Full Text]
Bapi, R.S., & Levine, D.S. (1997). Modeling the role of the frontal lobes in sequential performance. II. Classification of sequences. Neural Network World, 1/97, 3-28 [Abstract]
Levine, D.S. (1996). Modeling dysfunction of the prefrontal executive system. In E. Ruppin, R. Berndt, & J. Reggia (Eds.), Neural Modeling of Brain Disorders (pp. 413-439). Singapore: World Scientific [Abstract]
Grossberg, S., & Levine, D.S. (1987). Neural dynamics of attentionally modulated Pavlovian conditioning: Blocking, interstimulus interval, and secondary reinforcement. Applied Optics, 26, 5015-5030 [Abstract] [Full Text]
Book Chapters and Conference Papers
Levine, D.S., & Perlovsky, L.I. (2008). A network model of rational versus irrational choices on a probability maximization task. 2008 IEEE World Congress on Computational Intelligence (pp. 2821-2825). [Full Text]
Levine, D.S., How does the brain create, change, and selectively override its rules of conduct? In R. Kozma & L. Perlovsky (Eds.), Neurodynamics of Higher-level Cognition and Consciousness. Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag, 2007 [Text of Chapter]
Levine, D.S., & Leven, S.J. (1995). Of mice and networks: Connectionist dynamics of intention versus action. In F.D. Abraham & A. Gilgen (Eds.), Chaos Theory in Psychology (pp. 221-231). Westport, CT: Greenwood [No Abstract]
Levine, D.S. (1994). Steps toward a neural theory of self-actualization. World Congress on Neural Networks, San Diego, June, 1994 (Vol. 1, pp. 215-220). Hillsdale, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates [Abstract] [Full Text]
Levine, D.S., & Parks, R.W. (1992). Frontal lesion effects on verbal fluency in a network model. IJCNN International Joint Conference on Neural Networks, Baltimore, MD, June 7-11, 1992 (Vol. II, pp. 39-44). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE [Abstract]
Scarecrows, Tin Woodmen: Where is the Wizard? Sermon at First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church, Fort Worth, August 3, 2008
Daniel Dennett's Theory of Religion. Review of Daniel Dennett, Breaking the Spell, and the author's response. Tikkun, November-December, 2006.
We Are Not Prisoners of Our Brains (with Riane Eisler and Sam Leven). Paper presented at the International Congress on Universal Values and the Future of Society, São Paulo, September, 2001.
Genetics is No Excuse. Sermon at First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church, Fort Worth, September 9, 2001.
What Are Neural Networks, and What Can They Contribute to Psychology? Psychline, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 23-30, 1999.
Descartes, Damasio, and Darwin: a Tragedy of Errors and a Comedy of Truths. Psychline, Vol. 2, No. 4, pp. 30-31, 1998.
Cognitive Dissonance, Halo Effects, and the Self-esteem Trap. Psychline, Vol. 2, No. 3, 25-26, 1998.
Sex and Human Values. Review of Riane Eisler, Sacred Pleasure (Harper San Francisco, 1995). Contemporary Psychology, 42, 1118-1119, 1997.
Math Phobia and Homophobia: Two Sides of the Same Coin? Sermon at First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church, Fort Worth, August 31, 1997.
What Can Academic Psychology Contribute to Psychotherapy? Psychline, Vol. 1, No. 2, 18-19, 1996.
An Alternative Creation Myth. Sermon at First Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Church, Fort Worth, July 19, 1992.