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Sook-Lei Liew

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionUniversity of Southern California
DepartmentOccupational Science and Occupational Therapy
AddressLos Angeles CA 90089-9003
Phone+1 323 865 1755
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    Dr. Liew’s research focuses on mechanisms of neural plasticity in healthy individuals and individuals after neurological injury in order to improve their quality of life and engagement in meaningful activities. She directs the Neural Plastiticity and Neurorehabilitation Laboratory, whose goals are: 1) to characterize processes of neural plasticity during learning and rehabilitation using neuroimaging and cortical physiology, 2) to enhance neural plasticity and neurorehabilitation through novel techniques, such as noninvasive brain stimulation and brain computer interfaecs, and 3) to personalize the use of plasticity-inducing paradigms in order to capitalize on each individual’s unique learning or recovery potential.


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    1. Dayan E, López-Alonso V, Liew SL, Cohen LG. Distributed cortical structural properties contribute to motor cortical excitability and inhibition. Brain Struct Funct. 2018 Aug 04. PMID: 30078148.
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    2. 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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    3. Lopez-Alonso V, Liew SL, Fernández Del Olmo M, Cheeran B, Sandrini M, Abe M, Cohen LG. A Preliminary Comparison of Motor Learning Across Different Non-invasive Brain Stimulation Paradigms Shows No Consistent Modulations. Front Neurosci. 2018; 12:253. PMID: 29740271.
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    4. 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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    5. Lefebvre S, Liew SL. Anatomical Parameters of tDCS to Modulate the Motor System after Stroke: A Review. Front Neurol. 2017; 8:29. PMID: 28232816.
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    6. Sainburg RL, Liew SL, Frey SH, Clark F. Promoting Translational Research Among Movement Science, Occupational Science, and Occupational Therapy. J Mot Behav. 2017 Jan-Feb; 49(1):1-7. PMID: 28166469.
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    7. Sugiyama T, Liew SL. The Effects of Sensory Manipulations on Motor Behavior: From Basic Science to Clinical Rehabilitation. J Mot Behav. 2017 Jan-Feb; 49(1):67-77. PMID: 27935445.
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    8. Buch ER, Liew SL, Cohen LG. Plasticity of Sensorimotor Networks: Multiple Overlapping Mechanisms. Neuroscientist. 2016 Mar 16. PMID: 26985069.
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    9. Liew SL, Rana M, Cornelsen S, Fortunato de Barros Filho M, Birbaumer N, Sitaram R, Cohen LG, Soekadar SR. Improving Motor Corticothalamic Communication After Stroke Using Real-Time fMRI Connectivity-Based Neurofeedback. Neurorehabil Neural Repair. 2016 08; 30(7):671-5. PMID: 26671217.
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    10. Liew SL, Santarnecchi E, Buch ER, Cohen LG. Non-invasive brain stimulation in neurorehabilitation: local and distant effects for motor recovery. Front Hum Neurosci. 2014; 8:378. PMID: 25018714; PMCID: PMC4072967.
    11. 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.
    12. 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.
    13. 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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    14. 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.
    15. 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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    16. 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.
    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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