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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
Matthew Berry, B.Sc., Ph.D. 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
Ye Yuan, Ph.D., Postdoctoral fellow
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
Kiran Matharu, B.Sc., Master's student
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443
mathak3@mcmaster.ca

Research Interests: The presentation of stories and character embodiment, where an individual portrays a character through their gestures, voice, and facial expressions. My interests concern the intersection of psychology and theatre, specifically acting and oral literature. Outside of the lab, I actively take on acting roles, play various instruments, and compete in pageantry.
Steven Brown
Carmen Tu, B.Sc., Master's student
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443
tuc4@mcmaster.ca

Research Interests: The psychology of character-based narrative and storytelling. This includes studying emotion and behaviour in computational narrative, interactive and participatory storytelling, and therapeutic storytelling, in order to develop an embodied model for narrative plot. Other interdisciplinary research interests include the health humanities and the cognitive neuroscience of language.
Steven Brown
Alexandra Almeida, Honours thesis student
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443
almeia5@mcmaster.ca

Research Interests: The psychology of theatre audiences and the actor characteristics that affect audience perceptions of performance quality. I am exploring how actors' portrayals of characters and emotions impact audience judgments of the performance. Outside of the lab, I am a trained baker, amateur ukulele player, and avid reader and writer.
Steven Brown
Alisha Song, Honours thesis student
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443
songs4@mcmaster.ca

Research Interests: Protagonist psychology and how it drives the structure of folk tales. I am helping to create an embodied model of narrative plot by analyzing and coding the action patterns of literary characters. In my spare time, I like to longboard, play the piano, and perform yo-yo tricks.
PAST MEMBERS

Léa Chauvigné
Ivan Chow (University of Toronto)
Tanishka Kher (University of Toronto)
Natalie Stearns (King's College, London, UK)
Emma Mittermaier (University of Toronto)
Ember Dawes
Michel Belyk (Bloorview Research Institute, Toronto)
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