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Lisa Aziz-Zadeh PhD

Lisa Aziz-Zadeh PhD

Associate Professor, joint appointment with the Department of Psychology at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

MC 2520
(323) 441-2970
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Web: dornsife.usc.edu/labs/az/

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.

Under her direction, the A-Z Lab explores the idea that rudimentary sensory-motor areas may be intrinsically involved in processing aspects of higher cognition such as language, thought, emotions, empathy and social communication. The A-Z Lab examines these social cognitive neuroscience questions using brain imaging techniques such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) and electroencephalography (EEG). The Lab is part of the Brain and Creativity Institute at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences.

Research Interests

Dr. Aziz-Zadeh studies embodied representations, creativity and language from a cognitive neuroscience perspective, using techniques including functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS).

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