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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
Carmen Tu, B.H.Sc., M.Sc., Ph.D. student
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443
tuc4@mcmaster.ca

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
phille10@mcmaster.ca>

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
Zoe Lazar-Kurz, B.Sc., Master's student
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443
lazarkzc@mcmaster.ca

Research Interests: The cognitive psychology and neuroscience of creativity and improvisation. I am working to elucidate the mechanisms of improvisation, and determine whether they are conserved across different artistic domains. Currently I am comparing improvisation in jazz, Argentine tango, and sketch acting. I play the piano, but have dabbled in the harp, guitar, and cello.
Steven Brown
Kiah Prince, B.Cog.Sc., Master's student
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443
princk2@mcmaster.ca

Research Interests: The neural correlates of the self, cooperation, and mentalizing. I am using functional MRI to explore the overlap in the brain networks between implicit mentalizing and rhythmic entrainment during cooperative social interactions. Apart from my work in the lab, I am a flamenco guitarist, photographer, writer, and music composer.
Steven Brown
Jesaya Tunggal, Honours thesis student
Arts & Science Program
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443
tungallj@mcmaster.ca

Research Interests: Protagonist/player psychology in video games, including the mapping of narrative structures in non-linear open world games, as well as ludo-narrative dissonance. This involves play-testing, as well as content analysis approaches to game-media artifacts. When I'm not in the lab, I enjoy making art, watching old cartoons, and studying internet history.
Steven Brown
Sarah Lewin, Honours thesis student
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443
lewins@mcmaster.ca

Research Interests: The psychology of performance and character portrayal during acting. I am working on the development of a notation system to quantify body movements and stage location associated with the various characters that actors portray. Outside the lab, I enjoy performing on stage, musical theatre, and the science of dermatology.
Steven Brown
Joyce Lee, Honours thesis student
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443
leej176@mcmaster.ca

Research Interests: Cognition of the arts, especially music. I am looking at adult and child singing accuracy and its implications for the evolution of musical scales. Other interests include mental health and psychotherapy. Outside the lab, I enjoy dancing, singing, and drawing.
Steven Brown
Kien Nagales, Honours thesis student
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443
nagalesk@mcmaster.ca

Research Interests: The neuropsychology of language, narrative, and the visual arts. Currently, I am analyzing conversational differences between fictional and personal narratives. Outside of research, I spend my time drawing, reading, and writing.
PAST MEMBERS

Eunseon Kim
Thomas Nachshen (McMaster University)
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