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The NeuroArts Lab


McMaster University


Steven Brown
Steven Brown, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 23892

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, Ph.D., postdoctoral fellow and lab manager
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443

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

Research Interests: Social cognition and joint action during conversation. This research involves analyzing dynamic patterns of how people become aligned and affiliated with one another during social interactions. My other research interests include character psychology and cross-media comparisons of narrative plot structure. I am also interested in the health humanities, and I enjoy painting, writing, dance, and film photography outside of research.
Steven Brown
Elizabeth Phillips, B.M., B.Sc., Ph.D. student
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443

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., Ph.D. student
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443

Research Interests: The cognitive psychology and neuroscience of creativity. I am currently working to characterize the creative process to better understand how an initial idea evolves into a final product. Currently, we are studying graphic designers, painters, creative writers and musicians in order to develop a unified theory spanning many creative domains. Outside of the lab, I love to cook, play piano, and enjoy the great outdoors.
Steven Brown
Kiah Prince, B.Cog.Sc., Ph.D. student
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443

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
Jacob Cameirao, B.Sc., Master's student
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443

Research Interests: The applied arts, particularly in the context of arts-based therapies. I am studying the mechanisms of action of arts-based therapies with the goal of developing a framework to guide the selection, combination, and integration of the arts in therapy.
Steven Brown
Sam Kim, Honours thesis student
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443

Research Interests: Music perception and the possible health benefits of music. I am currently determining if pitch discreteness is the sole distinguishing feature between song and speech, and whether it facilitates auditory memory. Outside of the lab, I enjoy playing the piano, singing, and playing volleyball.
Steven Brown
Isimeme Okonofua, Honours thesis student
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443

Research Interests: I am interested in cognitive neuroscience, specifically the neuroscience of creative improvisation. I am investigating the neural correlates of the improvisational processes of human conversation. I am also passionate about mental health research. Outside of the lab, I love watching movies and live theatre.
Steven Brown
Sofia Campitelli, Honours thesis student
Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443

Research Interests: Understanding cognition and behaviour through the lens of dance. My thesis is looking at the role of social interaction in the evolution of rhythm and dance. I also have a passion for the mental health field. I was a competitive dancer, and enjoy acting and anything outdoors.
Steven Brown
Emily O'Halloran, Honours thesis student
Arts & Science Program
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443

Research Interests: I am fascinated by how our brains develop and execute novel ideas for creative projects. I am investigating the cognitive processes underlying creative writing. Beyond this research, I enjoy reading, running, playing piano, and concocting strange yet surprisingly delicious smoothies.
Steven Brown
Miranda Wu, Honours thesis student
Health Sciences Program
(905) 525-9140 ext. 21443

Research Interests: The mechanisms of arts-based therapies. My thesis project is examining the use of techniques from drama-based psychotherapies, in particular how shifting narrative perspective may impact an individual’s experience of an event in terms of emotional expressiveness, insight, mood, psychological distance, and empathy. Outside the lab, I enjoy dancing and horror movies.

Elias Elaneh (Queens University)
Vivian Lo
Khalil Husein
Yona Grossman
Ezra Nadler
Nicol Strader
Jesaya Tunggal (University of Alberta)
Sarah Lewin
Joyce Lee
Kien Nagales (University of Toronto)
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 (Edge Hill University, UK)
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