Lisa Aziz-Zadeh, BA, MA, PhD

SchoolHerman Ostrow School of Dentistry of Usc
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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. Caregiver and youth inter-rater assessment agreement in autism spectrum disorder, developmental coordination disorder, and typical development. Autism Res. 2024 Mar; 17(3):610-625. Shipkova M, Butera CD, Flores GD, Kilroy E, Jayashankar A, Harrison L, Cermak SA, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 38450955.
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    2. Motor Signature Differences Between Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Coordination Disorder, and Their Neural Mechanisms. J Autism Dev Disord. 2023 Dec 07. Butera C, Delafield-Butt J, Lu SC, Sobota K, McGowan T, Harrison L, Kilroy E, Jayashankar A, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 38062243.
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    3. Disgust Processing and Potential Relationships with Behaviors in Autism. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2023 10; 25(10):465-478. Jayashankar A, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 37672122; PMCID: PMC10627949.
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    4. Relationships between Affect Recognition, Empathy, Alexithymia, and Co-Occurring Conditions in Autism. Brain Sci. 2023 Aug 03; 13(8). Raman N, Ringold SM, Jayashankar A, Butera CD, Kilroy E, Harrison L, Cermak SA, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 37626517; PMCID: PMC10452701.
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    5. Connectivity differences between inferior frontal gyrus and mentalizing network in autism as compared to developmental coordination disorder and non-autistic youth. Cortex. 2023 10; 167:115-131. Jayashankar A, Bynum B, Butera C, Kilroy E, Harrison L, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 37549452; PMCID: PMC10543516.
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    6. Motor problems in autism: Co-occurrence or feature? Dev Med Child Neurol. 2024 Jan; 66(1):16-22. Miller HL, Licari MK, Bhat A, Aziz-Zadeh LS, Van Damme T, Fears NE, Cermak SA, Tamplain PM. PMID: 37332143; PMCID: PMC10725993.
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    7. The relationship between alexithymia, interoception, and neural functional connectivity during facial expression processing in autism spectrum disorder. Neuropsychologia. 2023 02 10; 180:108469. Butera C, Kaplan J, Kilroy E, Harrison L, Jayashankar A, Loureiro F, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 36610493; PMCID: PMC9898240.
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    8. Differences in Praxis Errors in Autism Spectrum Disorder Compared to Developmental Coordination Disorder. J Autism Dev Disord. 2024 Mar; 54(3):1113-1129. Abrams G, Jayashankar A, Kilroy E, Butera C, Harrison L, Ring P, Houssain A, Nalbach A, Cermak SA, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 36515853.
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    9. Specific tractography differences in autism compared to developmental coordination disorder. Sci Rep. 2022 Nov 14; 12(1):19246. Kilroy E, Gerbella M, Cao L, Molfese P, Butera C, Harrison L, Jayashankar A, Rizzolatti G, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 36376319; PMCID: PMC9663575.
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    10. Sensory Modulation in Children with Developmental Coordination Disorder Compared to Autism Spectrum Disorder and Typically Developing Children. Brain Sci. 2022 Aug 31; 12(9). Ringold SM, McGuire RW, Jayashankar A, Kilroy E, Butera CD, Harrison L, Cermak SA, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 36138908; PMCID: PMC9496992.
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    11. Relationships between alexithymia, interoception, and emotional empathy in autism spectrum disorder. Autism. 2023 04; 27(3):690-703. Butera CD, Harrison L, Kilroy E, Jayashankar A, Shipkova M, Pruyser A, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 35833505; PMCID: PMC9839896.
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    12. Motor performance, praxis, and social skills in autism spectrum disorder and developmental coordination disorder. Autism Res. 2022 09; 15(9):1649-1664. Kilroy E, Ring P, Hossain A, Nalbach A, Butera C, Harrison L, Jayashankar A, Vigen C, Aziz-Zadeh L, Cermak SA. PMID: 35785418; PMCID: PMC9543450.
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    13. Summer reading 2022Upgrade: A Novel, Blake Crouch, Ballantine Books, 2022, 352 pp.The Rise and Reign of the Mammals: A New History, from the Shadow of the Dinosaurs to Us, Steve Brusatte, Mariner Books, 2022, 528 pp.Existential Physics: A Scientist's Guide to Life's Biggest Questions, Sabine Hossenfelder, Viking, 2022, 272 pp.Doctors and Distillers: The Remarkable Medicinal History of Beer, Wine, Spirits, and Cocktails, Camper English, Penguin, 2022, 368 pp.Regenesis: Feeding the World Without Devouring the Planet, George Monbiot, Penguin, 2022, 352 pp.The Illusionist Brain: The Neuroscience of Magic, Jordi Camí and Luis M. Martínez, Princeton University Press, 2022, 248 pp.Bitch: On the Female of the Species, Lucy Cooke, Basic Books, 2022, 400 pp.An Immense World: How Animal Senses Reveal the Hidden Realms Around Us, Ed Yong, Random House, 2022, 464 pp. Science. 2022 06 03; 376(6597):1042-1047. Trang B, Pinson J, Aziz-Zadeh L, Bender M, Martinez C, Blustein D, Rack J, Hanson J. PMID: 35653489.
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    14. Impact of motor stroke on novel and conventional action metaphor comprehension. Brain Lang. 2022 03; 226:105081. Borelli E, Butera C, Katirai A, Adams TCE, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 35051790.
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    15. The Brain-Gut-Microbiome System: Pathways and Implications for Autism Spectrum Disorder. Nutrients. 2021 Dec 16; 13(12). Chernikova MA, Flores GD, Kilroy E, Labus JS, Mayer EA, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 34960049; PMCID: PMC8704412.
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    16. Motor and sensory features successfully decode autism spectrum disorder and combine with the original RDoC framework to boost diagnostic classification. Sci Rep. 2021 04 09; 11(1):7839. Harrison LA, Kats A, Kilroy E, Butera C, Jayashankar A, Keles U, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 33837251; PMCID: PMC8035204.
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    17. Unique deficit in embodied simulation in autism: An fMRI study comparing autism and developmental coordination disorder. Hum Brain Mapp. 2021 04 01; 42(5):1532-1546. Kilroy E, Harrison L, Butera C, Jayashankar A, Cermak S, Kaplan J, Williams M, Haranin E, Bookheimer S, Dapretto M, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 33320398; PMCID: PMC7927289.
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    18. Impact of Sensory Processing on School Performance Outcomes in High Functioning Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Mind Brain Educ. 2020 Aug; 14(3):243-254. Butera C, Ring P, Sideris J, Jayashankar A, Kilroy E, Harrison L, Cermak S, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 34367324; PMCID: PMC8341443.
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    19. A Review of Functional and Structural Neurobiology of the Action Observation Network in Autism Spectrum Disorder and Developmental Coordination Disorder. Brain Sci. 2019 Mar 28; 9(4). Kilroy E, Cermak SA, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 30925819; PMCID: PMC6523237.
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    20. Ayres Theories of Autism and Sensory Integration Revisited: What Contemporary Neuroscience Has to Say. Brain Sci. 2019 Mar 21; 9(3). Kilroy E, Aziz-Zadeh L, Cermak S. PMID: 30901886; PMCID: PMC6468444.
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    21. The Importance of Sensory Processing in Mental Health: A Proposed Addition to the Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) and Suggestions for RDoC 2.0. Front Psychol. 2019; 10:103. Harrison LA, Kats A, Williams ME, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 30804830; PMCID: PMC6370662.
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    22. Laterality of Poststroke Cortical Motor Activity during Action Observation Is Related to Hemispheric Dominance. Neural Plast. 2018; 2018:3524960. Liew SL, Garrison KA, Ito KL, Heydari P, Sobhani M, Werner J, Damasio H, Winstein CJ, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 29997648; PMCID: PMC5994588.
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    23. Understanding Activation Patterns in Shared Circuits: Toward a Value Driven Model. Front Hum Neurosci. 2018; 12:180. Aziz-Zadeh L, Kilroy E, Corcelli G. PMID: 29867409; PMCID: PMC5949354.
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    24. A large, open source dataset of stroke anatomical brain images and manual lesion segmentations. Sci Data. 2018 02 20; 5:180011. 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. PMID: 29461514; PMCID: PMC5819480.
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    25. Mirror neuron activation in children with developmental coordination disorder: A functional MRI study. Int J Dev Neurosci. 2015 Dec; 47(Pt B):309-19. Reynolds JE, Licari MK, Billington J, Chen Y, Aziz-Zadeh L, Werner J, Winsor AM, Bynevelt M. PMID: 26523778.
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    26. Functional MRI Preprocessing in Lesioned Brains: Manual Versus Automated Region of Interest Analysis. Front Neurol. 2015; 6:196. Garrison KA, Rogalsky C, Sheng T, Liu B, Damasio H, Winstein CJ, Aziz-Zadeh LS. PMID: 26441816; PMCID: PMC4585177.
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    27. Psychopathic traits modulate microstructural integrity of right uncinate fasciculus in a community population. Neuroimage Clin. 2015; 8:32-8. Sobhani M, Baker L, Martins B, Tuvblad C, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 26106525; PMCID: PMC4473285.
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    28. Information processing in the mirror neuron system in primates and machines. Neuroinformatics. 2014 Jan; 12(1):63-91. Demiris Y, Aziz-Zadeh L, Bonaiuto J. PMID: 24085487.
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    29. Witnessing hateful people in pain modulates brain activity in regions associated with physical pain and reward. Front Psychol. 2013; 4:772. Fox GR, Sobhani M, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 24167496; PMCID: PMC3805980.
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    30. Both novelty and expertise increase action observation network activity. Front Hum Neurosci. 2013; 7:541. Liew SL, Sheng T, Margetis JL, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 24062656; PMCID: PMC3772553.
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    31. Modulating the motor system by action observation after stroke. Stroke. 2013 Aug; 44(8):2247-53. Garrison KA, Aziz-Zadeh L, Wong SW, Liew SL, Winstein CJ. PMID: 23743974; PMCID: PMC3753677.
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    32. Experience with an amputee modulates one's own sensorimotor response during action observation. Neuroimage. 2013 Apr 01; 69:138-45. Liew SL, Sheng T, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 23268784.
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    33. Interpersonal liking modulates motor-related neural regions. PLoS One. 2012; 7(10):e46809. Sobhani M, Fox GR, Kaplan J, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 23071644; PMCID: PMC3465281.
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    34. Exploring the neural correlates of visual creativity. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2013 Apr; 8(4):475-80. Aziz-Zadeh L, Liew SL, Dandekar F. PMID: 22349801; PMCID: PMC3624959.
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    35. Understanding otherness: the neural bases of action comprehension and pain empathy in a congenital amputee. Cereb Cortex. 2012 Apr; 22(4):811-9. Aziz-Zadeh L, Sheng T, Liew SL, Damasio H. PMID: 21734252; PMCID: PMC6276973.
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    36. 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. Liew SL, Ma Y, Han S, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 21359209; PMCID: PMC3040187.
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    37. 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. Landau AN, Aziz-Zadeh L, Ivry RB. PMID: 21068330; PMCID: PMC6633823.
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    38. Familiarity modulates mirror neuron and mentalizing regions during intention understanding. Hum Brain Mapp. 2011 Nov; 32(11):1986-97. Liew SL, Han S, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 20882581; PMCID: PMC6870503.
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    39. Default network deactivations are correlated with psychopathic personality traits. PLoS One. 2010 Sep 07; 5(9):e12611. Sheng T, Gheytanchi A, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 20830290; PMCID: PMC2935364.
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    40. The mirror neuron system: a neural substrate for methods in stroke rehabilitation. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2010 Jun; 24(5):404-12. Garrison KA, Winstein CJ, Aziz-Zadeh L. PMID: 20207851.
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    41. 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. Aziz-Zadeh L, Sheng T, Gheytanchi A. PMID: 20098696; PMCID: PMC2808341.
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    42. "Aha!": The neural correlates of verbal insight solutions. Hum Brain Mapp. 2009 Mar; 30(3):908-16. Aziz-Zadeh L, Kaplan JT, Iacoboni M. PMID: 18344174; PMCID: PMC6870806.
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    43. The human mirror neuron system and embodied representations. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2009; 629:355-76. Aziz-Zadeh L, Ivry RB. PMID: 19227509.
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    44. 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. Kaplan JT, Aziz-Zadeh L, Uddin LQ, Iacoboni M. PMID: 19015113; PMCID: PMC2566765.
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    45. Embodied semantics for actions: findings from functional brain imaging. J Physiol Paris. 2008 Jan-May; 102(1-3):35-9. Aziz-Zadeh L, Damasio A. PMID: 18472250.
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    46. Modulation of the FFA and PPA by language related to faces and places. Soc Neurosci. 2008; 3(3-4):229-38. Aziz-Zadeh L, Fiebach CJ, Naranayan S, Feldman J, Dodge E, Ivry RB. PMID: 18979378.
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    47. Congruent embodied representations for visually presented actions and linguistic phrases describing actions. Curr Biol. 2006 Sep 19; 16(18):1818-23. Aziz-Zadeh L, Wilson SM, Rizzolatti G, Iacoboni M. PMID: 16979559.
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    48. Empathy and the somatotopic auditory mirror system in humans. Curr Biol. 2006 Sep 19; 16(18):1824-9. Gazzola V, Aziz-Zadeh L, Keysers C. PMID: 16979560.
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    49. Lateralization of the human mirror neuron system. J Neurosci. 2006 Mar 15; 26(11):2964-70. Aziz-Zadeh L, Koski L, Zaidel E, Mazziotta J, Iacoboni M. PMID: 16540574; PMCID: PMC6673981.
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    50. Hemispheric sensitivity to body stimuli in simple reaction time. Exp Brain Res. 2006 Mar; 170(1):116-21. Aziz-Zadeh L, Iacoboni M, Zaidel E. PMID: 16328286.
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    51. Covert speech arrest induced by rTMS over both motor and nonmotor left hemisphere frontal sites. J Cogn Neurosci. 2005 Jun; 17(6):928-38. Aziz-Zadeh L, Cattaneo L, Rochat M, Rizzolatti G. PMID: 15969910.
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    52. Left hemisphere motor facilitation in response to manual action sounds. Eur J Neurosci. 2004 May; 19(9):2609-12. Aziz-Zadeh L, Iacoboni M, Zaidel E, Wilson S, Mazziotta J. PMID: 15128415.
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    53. Lateralization in motor facilitation during action observation: a TMS study. Exp Brain Res. 2002 May; 144(1):127-31. Aziz-Zadeh L, Maeda F, Zaidel E, Mazziotta J, Iacoboni M. PMID: 11976767.
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