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Steven Brown
Steven Brown, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 23892
stebro@mcmaster.ca

Research Interests: Neural, cognitive, anthropological and evolutionary aspects of the arts, as well as the inter-relationships among the arts themselves. My lab training is in molecular biology and human brain imaging. In addition, I am a classical pianist and avid dancer.
Steven Brown
Ivan Chow, Ph.D., Postdoctoral fellow
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443
chowiv@mcmaster.ca

Research Interests: Speech prosody, phonetics, and the syntax-prosody interface. My background is in linguistics, languages and music. My research combines concepts in music and linguistics to model the rhythm and melody of utterances based on their morpho-syntactic structure.
Steven Brown
Ye Yuan, B.Sc., Ph.D. student
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443
yuany4@mcmaster.ca

Research Interests: Cognitive neuroscience of visual arts, and the connectivity of the brain areas involved. I am using fMRI to study the brain activity of artists during the processes of drawing and creativity, and using DTI to explore the structural connectivity between the activated brain areas. I am also a classically trained pianist, an amateur photographer, and enjoy building, fixing and riding bicycles.
Steven Brown
Léa Chauvigné, B.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. student
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443
chauvila@mcmaster.ca

Research Interests: Interpersonal interaction, non-verbal communication, couple dancing, body contact, and kinesthesis. My education is in biology, neuroscience, and human brain imaging, with a focus on consciousness and emotional expression. I am currently studying the neural and kinematic bases of dance partnering, in particular leading versus following.
Steven Brown
Matthew Berry, B.Sc., Master's student
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443
berryma@mcmaster.ca

Research Interests: The psychology and cognitive neuroscience of drama (gesture), literature (narrative and storytelling), creativity, humor and improvisation. I am attempting to develop a new field devoted to analyzing the cognitive and neural mechanisms underlying the production, perception, and synthesis of these areas. Beyond the lab, I am a writer, improvist, photographer, and fully licensed scuba diver.
Steven Brown
Ember Dawes, Honours thesis student
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443
daweser@mcmaster.ca

Research Interests: I am interested in the relationship between character and narrative storytelling. I enjoy the psychological study of emotion and behaviour in relation to their physiological and neurological underpinnings. I enjoy reading, writing, painting, and singing. I also have interests in education and learning, as well as wildlife conservation. After my second year, I conducted research in South Africa to help monitor elephant impacts on reserve vegetation and animal biodiversity.
Steven Brown
Kiran Matharu, Honours thesis student
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443
mathak3@mcmaster.ca

Research Interests: The psychology of character embodiment using narrative. I am a Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour undergraduate, minoring in Theatre and Film studies. Through my background, I have a deep appreciation for the intersection of psychology and the arts.
Steven Brown
Emma Mittermaier, Honours thesis student
Arts & Science Program
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443
mittere@mcmaster.ca

Research Interests: As an Arts & Science student-athlete at McMaster, my psychology research interests vary from child development and clinical psychology to the study of non-verbal communication. My hope is to develop a more interdisciplinary approach towards the field of psychology by spending my time in the NeuroArts lab and applying these skills to other facets of my life.
PAST MEMBERS

Michel Belyk (Maastricht University)
Ryan Olup (University of Toronto)
Tatjana Medakovic
Blair Ellis (Western University)
Ashley Beaulieu (McMaster University)
Kevin Gitau (Western University)
Vance Tran (University of Toronto)
Tashia Petker (McMaster University)
Matthew Howe (University of Toronto)
Sudhir Karthikeyan (University of Ottawa)
Swapna Krishnamoorty (McMaster University)
Matthew Poon (University of Toronto)
Adam Kendal
Brittney Hartle
Tom Rzeszutek
Pat Savage (Tokyo University of the Arts)
Cassandra Cetlin
Julie Conder (McMaster University)
Marco Varella
Kyle Weishaar (IBM)
Rayna Friendly
Jacqueline Ravensbergen
Loren Tisdelle
Osamu Takai (University of British Columbia)
Marc Paquet (Simon Fraser University)
Kim Meier (University of British Columbia)
Jade Pai
Grant Christian