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Lisa Aziz-Zadeh, BA, MA, PhD

TitleAssociate Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentOccupational Science and Occupational Therapy
AddressHNB B20
University Park Campus
Los Angeles CA 90089-2520
Phone+1 213 821 2970
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    Associate Professor Lisa Aziz-Zadeh trained at the University of California, Los Angeles, receiving her BA degree in Psychology with a minor in neuroscience, and her PhD degree in Psychology with an emphasis in Cognitive Neuroscience. She completed postdoctoral work with Dr. Giacomo Rizzolatti's laboratory at the University of Parma (Italy), Dr. Richard Ivry's laboratory at the University of California, Berkeley, and was a fellow at the UCLA Tennenbaum Family Creativity Initiative. She has published numerous papers and book chapters on the mirror neuron system, embodied cognition and language. In 2008-2009, she was an invited fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Berlin.


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    1. Liew SL, Garrison KA, Ito KL, Heydari P, Sobhani M, Werner J, Damasio H, Winstein CJ, Aziz-Zadeh L. Laterality of Poststroke Cortical Motor Activity during Action Observation Is Related to Hemispheric Dominance. Neural Plast. 2018; 2018:3524960. PMID: 29997648.
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    2. Aziz-Zadeh L, Kilroy E, Corcelli G. Understanding Activation Patterns in Shared Circuits: Toward a Value Driven Model. Front Hum Neurosci. 2018; 12:180. PMID: 29867409.
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    3. Liew SL, Anglin JM, Banks NW, Sondag M, Ito KL, Kim H, Chan J, Ito J, Jung C, Khoshab N, Lefebvre S, Nakamura W, Saldana D, Schmiesing A, Tran C, Vo D, Ard T, Heydari P, Kim B, Aziz-Zadeh L, Cramer SC, Liu J, Soekadar S, Nordvik JE, Westlye LT, Wang J, Winstein C, Yu C, Ai L, Koo B, Craddock RC, Milham M, Lakich M, Pienta A, Stroud A. A large, open source dataset of stroke anatomical brain images and manual lesion segmentations. Sci Data. 2018 Feb 20; 5:180011. PMID: 29461514.
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    4. Reynolds JE, Licari MK, Billington J, Chen Y, Aziz-Zadeh L, Werner J, Winsor AM, Bynevelt M. Mirror neuron activation in children with developmental coordination disorder: A functional MRI study. Int J Dev Neurosci. 2015 Dec; 47(Pt B):309-19. PMID: 26523778.
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    5. Garrison KA, Rogalsky C, Sheng T, Liu B, Damasio H, Winstein CJ, Aziz-Zadeh L. Functional MRI Preprocessing in Lesioned Brains: Manual Versus Automated Region of Interest Analysis. Front Neurol. 2015; 6:196. PMID: 26441816; PMCID: PMC4585177.
    6. Sobhani M, Baker L, Martins B, Tuvblad C, Aziz-Zadeh L. Psychopathic traits modulate microstructural integrity of right uncinate fasciculus in a community population. Neuroimage Clin. 2015; 8:32-8. PMID: 26106525; PMCID: PMC4473285.
    7. Demiris Y, Aziz-Zadeh L, Bonaiuto J. Information processing in the mirror neuron system in primates and machines. Neuroinformatics. 2014 Jan; 12(1):63-91. PMID: 24085487.
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    8. Fox GR, Sobhani M, Aziz-Zadeh L. Witnessing hateful people in pain modulates brain activity in regions associated with physical pain and reward. Front Psychol. 2013; 4:772. PMID: 24167496; PMCID: PMC3805980.
    9. Liew SL, Sheng T, Margetis JL, Aziz-Zadeh L. Both novelty and expertise increase action observation network activity. Front Hum Neurosci. 2013; 7:541. PMID: 24062656; PMCID: PMC3772553.
    10. Garrison KA, Aziz-Zadeh L, Wong SW, Liew SL, Winstein CJ. Modulating the motor system by action observation after stroke. Stroke. 2013 Aug; 44(8):2247-53. PMID: 23743974; PMCID: PMC3753677.
    11. Liew SL, Sheng T, Aziz-Zadeh L. Experience with an amputee modulates one's own sensorimotor response during action observation. Neuroimage. 2013 Apr 01; 69:138-45. PMID: 23268784.
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    12. Sobhani M, Fox GR, Kaplan J, Aziz-Zadeh L. Interpersonal liking modulates motor-related neural regions. PLoS One. 2012; 7(10):e46809. PMID: 23071644; PMCID: PMC3465281.
    13. Aziz-Zadeh L, Liew SL, Dandekar F. Exploring the neural correlates of visual creativity. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2013 Apr; 8(4):475-80. PMID: 22349801; PMCID: PMC3624959.
    14. Aziz-Zadeh L, Sheng T, Liew SL, Damasio H. Understanding otherness: the neural bases of action comprehension and pain empathy in a congenital amputee. Cereb Cortex. 2012 Apr; 22(4):811-9. PMID: 21734252.
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    15. Liew SL, Ma Y, Han S, Aziz-Zadeh L. Who's afraid of the boss: cultural differences in social hierarchies modulate self-face recognition in Chinese and Americans. PLoS One. 2011 Feb 16; 6(2):e16901. PMID: 21359209; PMCID: PMC3040187.
    16. Landau AN, Aziz-Zadeh L, Ivry RB. The influence of language on perception: listening to sentences about faces affects the perception of faces. J Neurosci. 2010 Nov 10; 30(45):15254-61. PMID: 21068330.
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    17. Liew SL, Han S, Aziz-Zadeh L. Familiarity modulates mirror neuron and mentalizing regions during intention understanding. Hum Brain Mapp. 2011 Nov; 32(11):1986-97. PMID: 20882581.
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    18. Sheng T, Gheytanchi A, Aziz-Zadeh L. Default network deactivations are correlated with psychopathic personality traits. PLoS One. 2010 Sep 07; 5(9):e12611. PMID: 20830290; PMCID: PMC2935364.
    19. Garrison KA, Winstein CJ, Aziz-Zadeh L. The mirror neuron system: a neural substrate for methods in stroke rehabilitation. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2010 Jun; 24(5):404-12. PMID: 20207851.
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    20. Aziz-Zadeh L, Sheng T, Gheytanchi A. Common premotor regions for the perception and production of prosody and correlations with empathy and prosodic ability. PLoS One. 2010 Jan 20; 5(1):e8759. PMID: 20098696; PMCID: PMC2808341.
    21. Aziz-Zadeh L, Kaplan JT, Iacoboni M. "Aha!": The neural correlates of verbal insight solutions. Hum Brain Mapp. 2009 Mar; 30(3):908-16. PMID: 18344174.
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    22. Aziz-Zadeh L, Ivry RB. The human mirror neuron system and embodied representations. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2009; 629:355-76. PMID: 19227509.
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    23. Kaplan JT, Aziz-Zadeh L, Uddin LQ, Iacoboni M. The self across the senses: an fMRI study of self-face and self-voice recognition. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2008 Sep; 3(3):218-23. PMID: 19015113; PMCID: PMC2566765.
    24. Aziz-Zadeh L, Damasio A. Embodied semantics for actions: findings from functional brain imaging. J Physiol Paris. 2008 Jan-May; 102(1-3):35-9. PMID: 18472250.
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    25. Aziz-Zadeh L, Fiebach CJ, Naranayan S, Feldman J, Dodge E, Ivry RB. Modulation of the FFA and PPA by language related to faces and places. Soc Neurosci. 2008; 3(3-4):229-38. PMID: 18979378.
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    26. Aziz-Zadeh L, Wilson SM, Rizzolatti G, Iacoboni M. Congruent embodied representations for visually presented actions and linguistic phrases describing actions. Curr Biol. 2006 Sep 19; 16(18):1818-23. PMID: 16979559.
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    27. Gazzola V, Aziz-Zadeh L, Keysers C. Empathy and the somatotopic auditory mirror system in humans. Curr Biol. 2006 Sep 19; 16(18):1824-9. PMID: 16979560.
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    28. Aziz-Zadeh L, Koski L, Zaidel E, Mazziotta J, Iacoboni M. Lateralization of the human mirror neuron system. J Neurosci. 2006 Mar 15; 26(11):2964-70. PMID: 16540574.
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    29. Aziz-Zadeh L, Iacoboni M, Zaidel E. Hemispheric sensitivity to body stimuli in simple reaction time. Exp Brain Res. 2006 Mar; 170(1):116-21. PMID: 16328286.
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    30. Aziz-Zadeh L, Cattaneo L, Rochat M, Rizzolatti G. Covert speech arrest induced by rTMS over both motor and nonmotor left hemisphere frontal sites. J Cogn Neurosci. 2005 Jun; 17(6):928-38. PMID: 15969910.
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    31. Aziz-Zadeh L, Iacoboni M, Zaidel E, Wilson S, Mazziotta J. Left hemisphere motor facilitation in response to manual action sounds. Eur J Neurosci. 2004 May; 19(9):2609-12. PMID: 15128415.
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    32. Aziz-Zadeh L, Maeda F, Zaidel E, Mazziotta J, Iacoboni M. Lateralization in motor facilitation during action observation: a TMS study. Exp Brain Res. 2002 May; 144(1):127-31. PMID: 11976767.
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