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Dr. Daniel S. Levine

Professor of Psychology

Phone: (817) 272-3598
Address: Room 414, Life Sciences Bldg.
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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 Current Laboratory Experiments

Real-time Strategies in Affective Decision Making

Neural Basis of Decision Making (in collaboration with University of Texas Southwestern)


Social Interaction Lab


Representative Publications


Levine, D.S., Explorations in Common Sense and Common Nonsense: A Conversation about Mental Attitudes, Science, and Society 



  • Levine, D. S., Healing the Reason-Emotion Split: Scarecrows, Tin Woodmen, and the Wizard, Routledge, 2021. Description of Book. How to order

  • Levine, D.S., Introduction to Neural and Cognitive Modeling (3rd edition), Routledge 2019 [Description of Book].  How to order

  • 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. (2017).  Modeling the instinctive-emotional-thoughtful mind.  Cognitive Systems Research, 45, 82-94.[Full Text]
  • 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. (2005). Angels, devils, and censors in the brain. ComPlexus, 2, 35-59. [Published Text]
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  • 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]
  • Leven, S.J., & Levine, D.S. (1996). Multiattribute decision making in context: A dynamic neural network methodology. Cognitive Science, 20, 271-299 [Abstract] [Full Text
  • Bapi, R.S., & Levine, D.S. (1994). Modeling the role of the frontal lobes in sequential performance. I. Basic structure and primacy effects. Neural Networks, 7, 1167-1180 [Abstract] [Full Text]
  • Levine, D.S., & Prueitt, P.S. (1989). Modeling some effects of frontal lobe damage: Novelty and perseveration. Neural Networks, 2, 103-116 [Abstract] [Full Text]
  • 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]



  • 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]



Emotion and Reason: Partners, not Opposites.  Presentation to the Dallas Philosophers Forum, April 9, 2013.

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.