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The NeuroArts Lab


McMaster University


The Origins of Music Music and Manipulation

Asano, R., Lo, V. and Brown, S. (Submitted). The neural basis of tonal processing in music: An ALE meta-analysis.

Prince, K. and Brown, S. (Submitted). Neural correlates of partnered interaction as revealed by cross-domain ALE meta-analysis.

Phillips, E. and Brown, S. (In press). Beyond harmonicity: Toward a vocal-melodic theory of the origin of musical scales. In J. Friedmann (Ed.) Music in Human Experience: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on a Musical Species. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge Scholars Press.

Brown, S. and Kim, E. (Submitted). The neural basis of creative production: A cross-modal ALE meta-analysis.

Marathu, K., Berry, M., and Brown, S. (In press). Storytelling as a fundamental form of acting. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts.

Berry, M. and Brown, S. (2021). The dynamic mask: Facial correlates of character portrayal in professional actors. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Brown, S. (2021). Group dancing as the evolutionary origin of rhythmic entrainment in humans. New Ideas in Psychology 64: 100902.

Matsumea, H., Savage, P. E., Ranacher, P., Blasi, D. E., T. E., Sato, T., Tajima, A., Brown, S., Stoneking, M., Shimizu, K. K., Oota, H., & Bickel, B. (2021). Exploring deep-time relationships between cultural and genetic evolution in Northeast Asia. Science Advances 7: eabd9223.

Brown, S. and Lazar-Kurz, Z. (2021). How a creative product evolves: A structural analysis of creative trajectories in graphic design. Creativity and Cognition (C&C ’21 conference), ACM, New York, NY.

Brown, S. and Tu, C. (2020). The shapes of stories: A “resonator” model of plot structure. Frontiers of Narrative Studies 6(2): 1-29.

Brown, S., Yuan, Y., and Belyk, B. (2020). Evolution of the speech-ready brain: The voice/jaw connection in the human motor cortex. Journal of Comparative Neurology 529: 1018–1028.

Tu, C. and Brown, S. (2020). Character mediation of plot structure: Toward an embodied model of narrative. Frontiers of Narrative Studies 6(1): 77-112.

Brown, S. (2020). The “who” system of the human brain: A system for social cognition about the self and others. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 14: 224.

Brown, S., Howe, M., and Belyk, M. (2019). Music enhances empathic engagement with characters in films. Music and Arts in Action 7: 3-16.

Brown, S., Berry, M., Dawes, E., Hughes, A., and Tu, C. (2019). Character mediation of story generation via protagonist insertion. Journal of Cognitive Psychology 31: 326-342.

Berry, M., and Brown, S. (2019). Acting in action: Prosodic analysis of character portrayal during acting. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 148: 1407-1425.

Brown, S., Mittermaier, E., Kher, T., and Arnold, P. (2019). How pantomime works: Implications for theories of language origin. Frontiers in Communication 4: 9.

Brown, S., Cockett, P., and Yuan, Y. (2019). The neuroscience of Romeo and Juliet: An fMRI study of acting. Royal Society Open Science 6: 181908.

Brown, S. (2019). A unifying model of the arts: The Narration/Coordination model. Empirical Studies of the Arts 37: 172-196.

Chauvigné, L. A. S., Walton, A., Richardson, M. J., and Brown, S. (2019). Multi-person and multisensory synchronization among folk dancers. Human Movement Science 63: 199-208.

Brown, S. (2018). Toward a unification of the arts. Frontiers in Psychology 9: 1938.

Chauvigné, L. A. S., and Brown, S. (2018). Role-specific brain activations in leaders and followers during joint action. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 12: 401.

Belyk, M., Lee. Y. S., and Brown, S. (2018). How is vocal pitch regulated by the human motor cortex in singers? Royal Society Open Science 5: 172208.

Brown, S. and Yuan, Y. (2018). Broca’s area is jointly activated during speech and gesture production. NeuroReport 29: 1214-1216.

Yuan, Y., Major-Giradin, J., and Brown, S. (2018). Storytelling is intrinsically mentalistic: A functional magnetic resonance imaging study of narrative production across modalities. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 30: 1298-1314.

Brown, S., and Dissanayake, E. (2018). The synthesis of the arts: From ceremonial ritual to “total work of art”. Frontiers in Sociology 3: 9.

Chow, I., and Brown, S. (2018). A musical approach to speech melody. Frontiers in Psychology 9: 247.

Chauvigné, L. A. S., Belyk, M., and Brown, S. (2018). Taking two to tango: fMRI analysis of improvised joint action with physical contact. PLoS ONE 13: e0191098.

Ellis, B. K., Hwang, H., Savage, P. E., Pan, B.-Y., Cohen, A., and Brown, S. (2018). Identifying style-types in a sample of musical improvisations using dimensional reduction and cluster analysis. Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity and the Arts 18: 110-122.

Brown, S. (2017). A joint prosodic origin of language and music. Frontiers in Psychology 8: 1894. See commentary by Nikolsky here.

Berry, M., and Brown, S. (2017). A classification scheme for literary characters. Psychological Thought 10: 288-302.

Brown, S. (2017). Proto-acting as a new concept: Personal mimicry and the origins of role playing. Humanities 6:43.

Belyk, M., Brown, S., and Kotz, S. (2017). Demonstration and validation of kernel density estimation (KDE) for spatial meta-analyses of neuroimaging data. Data in Brief 13: 346-352.

Brown, S., Pfordresher, P. Q. and Chow, I. (2017). A musical model of speech rhythm. Psychomusicology 27: 95-112.

Chauvigné, L. A. S., Belyk, M., and Brown, S. (2017). Following during physically-coupled joint action engages motion area MT+/V5. Journal of Integrative Neuroscience 16: 307-318.

Belyk, M. and Brown, S. (2017). The origins of the vocal brain in humans. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 77: 177-193.

Belyk, M., Brown, S., Lam, J., and Kotz, S. (2017). Convergence of semantics and emotional expression in the IFG pars orbitalis. Neuroimage 156: 240-248.

Pfordresher, P. Q. and Brown, S. (2017). Vocal mistuning reveals the nature of musical scales. Journal of Cognitive Psychology 29: 35-52.

Belyk, M., Kraft, S. J., and Brown, S. (2017). Stuttering as a trait or a state revisited: Motor system involvement in persistent developmental stuttering. European Journal of Neuroscience.45: 622-624.

Belyk, M., Pfordresher, P. Q., Liotti, M. and Brown, S. (2016). The neural basis of vocal pitch imitation in humans. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 28: 621-635.

Belyk, M. and Brown, S. (2016). Pitch underlies activation of the vocal system during affective vocalization. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 11: 1078-1088.

Savage, P. E., Matsumae, H., Oota, H., Stoneking, M., Currie, T., Tajima, A., Gillan, M. and Brown. S. (2015). How 'circumpolar' is Ainu music? A musical and genetic perspective on the history of the Japanese archipelago. Ethnomusicology Forum 24: 443–467.

Savage, P. E., Brown, S., Sakai, E., and Currie, T. E. (2015). Statistical universals reveal the structures and functions of human music. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 112: 8987-8992.

Yuan, Y. and Brown, S. (2015). Drawing and writing: An ALE meta-analysis of sensorimotor activations. Brain and Cognition 98: 15-26.

Belyk, M., Kraft, S. J. and Brown, S. (2015). Stuttering as a trait or state: An ALE meta-analysis of neuroimaging studies. European Journal of Neuroscience 41: 275-284.

Chow, I., Belyk, M., Tran, V. and Brown, S. (2015). Syllable synchronization and the P-center in Cantonese. Journal of Phonetics 49: 55-66.

Belyk, M., Kraft, S. J., and Brown, S. (2015). PlexinA polymorphisms mediate the developmental trajectory of human corpus callosum microstructure. Journal of Human Genetics 60: 147-150.

Yuan, Y. and Brown, S. (2014). The neural basis of mark making: A functional MRI study of drawing. PLoS ONE 9: e108628.

Chauvigné, L., Gitau, K. and Brown, S. (2014). The neural basis of audiomotor entrainment: An ALE meta-analysis. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 8: 776.

Belyk, M., and Brown, S. (2014). Somatotopy of the extrinsic laryngeal muscles in the human sensorimotor cortex. Behavioural Brain Research 270: 364-371.

Savage, P. E. and Brown, S. (2014). Pour une nouvelle musicologie comparée: Cinq champs de recherche, cinq débats essentiels [Toward a new comparative musicology: Five key areas and debates]. Anthropologie et Sociétés 38: 193-216.

Pfordresher, P., Mantell, J. T., Brown, S., Zivadinov, R., and Cox, J. L. (2014). Brain responses to altered auditory feedback during musical keyboard production: An fMRI study. Brain Research 1556: 28-37.

Belyk, M. and Brown, S. (2014). The acoustic correlates of valence depend on emotion family. Journal of Voice 28: 523.e9-523.e18.

Savage, P. E. and Brown, S. (2014). Mapping music: Cluster analysis of song-type frequencies within and between cultures. Ethnomusicology 58: 133-155. Supplementary information.

Brown, S., Savage, P. E., Ko, A. M.-S., Stoneking, M., Ko, Y.-C., Loo, J.-H. and Trejaut, J. A. (2014). Correlations in the population structure of music, genes, and language. Pr