Lisa Aziz-Zadeh

University of Southern California
3641 Watt Way Suite B20
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2520

Phone: 213-821-2970
Fax: 213-821-4235

E-mail: lisa.azizzadeh@usc.edu

 

I am an assistant professor at the University of Southern California, in the Brain and Creativity Institute directed by Dr. Antonio Damasio, and in the Department of Occupational Science. I study embodied representations, creativity and language from a cognitive neuroscience perspective, using techniques including functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).

 


Academic experience

Assistant Professor, Brain and Creativity Institute and Department of Occupational Sciences, University of Southern California, 2006-present.

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Brain Imaging Center and International Computer Science Institute, University of California, Berkeley, 2005-2006.

Research Fellow, Tennenbaum Family Creativity Initiative, University of California, Los Angeles, 2004-2005.

Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Neuroscience, University of Parma, Italy, 2003-2005.

 

Education

Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 1998-2003. Dissertation title: "Precursors to Language: Sensory-Motor Integration, the Mirror Neuron System, and Laterality". Advisors: Eran Zaidel and Marco Iacoboni.

Master of Arts in Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles, 2000. Thesis title: "Kinesthetic Imagery and Laterality". Advisor: Eran Zaidel.

Bachelor of Arts in Psychology (major) and Neuroscience (minor) (Magna Cum Laude), University of California, Los Angeles, 1994-1998.

 

Publications

Aziz-Zadeh, L., Kaplan, J.T., Iacoboni, M. (submitted) Aha!: The neural correlates of verbal insight.

Aziz-Zadeh, L., Ivry R. (in press) Action representation and the mirror neuron system. In: Progress in motor control V: A multidisciplinary perspective. Ed: Sternad, D.

Aziz-Zadeh, L., Wilson, S., Rizzolatti, G., Iacoboni, M. (2006) A comparison of premotor areas activated by action observation and action phrases. Current Biology. 16(18): 1818-23. [pdf | sup]

Gazzola V., Aziz-Zadeh L., Keysers C. (2006) Empathy and the somatotopic mirror system in humans. Current Biology. 16(18):1824-9. [pdf]

Aziz-Zadeh, L., Koski, L., Zaidel, E., Mazziotta, J., Iacoboni, M. (2006) Author response to "Mirror neurons and the lateralization of language". Journal of Neuroscience. 26(25): 6666-6667s.

Aziz-Zadeh, L., Koski, L., Zaidel, E., Mazziotta, J., Iacoboni, M. (2006) Lateralization of the human mirror neuron system. Journal of Neuroscience 26(11): 2964-2970. [pdf]

Aziz-Zadeh, L., Iacoboni, M., Zaidel, E. (2006) Hemispheric sensitivity to body stimuli in simple reaction time. Experimental Brain Research. 144: 127-131. [pdf]

Aziz-Zadeh, L., Cattaneo, L., Rochat, M., Rizzolatti, G. (2005) Covert speech arrest induced by rTMS over both motor and nonmotor left hemisphere frontal sites. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 17(6):928-38. [pdf]

Aziz-Zadeh, L., Iacoboni, M., Zaidel, E., Wilson, S., Mazziotta, J. (2004) Lateralization in motor facilitation during hearing of action sounds. European Journal of Neuroscience 19(9):2609-2612. [pdf]

Aziz-Zadeh, L., Maeda, F., Zaidel, E., Mazziotta, J., Iacoboni, M. (2002) Lateralization in motor facilitation during action observation: A TMS study. Experimental Brain Research 144(1):127-31. [pdf]

 


Last updated: October 6, 2006