The NeuroArts Lab


McMaster University


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

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
Matthew Berry, B.Sc., Ph.D. student
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443

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
Carmen Tu, B.H.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. student
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443

Research Interests: The psychology of character-based narrative and storytelling. I am working on a cross-media comparison of narrative plot structure in order to determine how character psychology is expressed and developed across different media formats, such as novels, films, video games, improvisational theatre, and everyday storytelling. Other interdisciplinary research interests include the health humanities and the cognitive neuroscience of language.
Steven Brown
Elizabeth Phillips, B.M., B.Sc., Master's student
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443>

Research Interests: Music theory and cognition, especially what defines human music as a global category of sound. This involves comparing music across cultures and contrasting it to other categories of sound (such as language and environmental noise). I am currently working on a vocal-based model for the evolution of scale structure. I also study the psychology of film music, and am a duathlete and classical pianist.
Steven Brown
Eunseon Kim, Honours thesis student
Department of Neuroscience
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443

Research Interests: The psychology and neuroscience of the arts and creativity, as well as brain areas responsible for creativity. I am examining the domain-specificity vs. generality of creativity by analyzing neuroimaging studies of various creative tasks. Outside of the lab, I play various instruments and listen to music.
Steven Brown
Thomas Nachshen, Honours thesis student
Arts & Science Program
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443

Research Interests: Mapping plot structure to the psychology of the protagonist in novels by connecting their decisions and actions to the progression of the plot. Away from the lab, I enjoy studying mathematics, playing the guitar, and avidly following professional baseball.

Kiran Matharu
Ye Yuan (McMaster University)
Alexandra Almeida (University of Toronto)
Alisha Song (University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine)
Léa Chauvigné (University of Geneva)
Ivan Chow (University of Toronto)
Tanishka Kher
Natalie Stearns (McMaster University)
Emma Mittermaier (University of Toronto)
Ember Dawes
Michel Belyk (University College London)
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 (Keio University, Japan)
Cassandra Cetlin
Julie Conder (York 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