Steven Brown is the director of the NeuroArts Lab in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, and associated with the McMaster Institute for Music and the Mind and the LIVELab.
The lab's work is devoted to developing a unified view of the arts in their collectivity, as described in the book The Unification of the Arts: A Framework for Understanding What the Arts Share and Why.
The lab explores the neural, cognitive and evolutionary foundations of the arts, creativity, and aesthetics, including:
theatre and literature
the visual arts
A unique evolutionary focus of the lab is a revival of comparative musicology studies, including an exploration of the geography and cultural evolution of world musical styles.