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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, 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
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., 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
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
Vivian Sim, Honours thesis student
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443
simvt@mcmaster.ca

Research Interests: The impact of visual suggestion on character construction in narratives. I am exploring how storytellers assign attributes to characters and how such attributions are influenced by the presence of visual depictions. In addition to cognition, my interests include nutrition, fitness, and law. Outside of the lab, I enjoy dragon boat training and working with Indigenous Student Services.
Steven Brown
Tanishka Kher, Honours thesis student
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443
khertr@mcmaster.ca

Research Interests: The cognitive neuroscience underlying theory-of-mind. I hope to garner a better understanding of how brain activity changes when we perceive our self versus others by performing a meta-analysis of the relevant neuroimaging studies. In my spare time, I love to teach, perform classical dance, and spend copious amounts of time with my dog.
PAST MEMBERS

Emma Mittermaier (University of Toronto)
Ember Dawes
Michel Belyk (University of 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 (Tokyo University of the Arts)
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