Lisa Sarah Aziz-Zadeh

Assistant Professor

Lisa Sarah Aziz-Zadeh

Research Topics

  • non-verbal social communication
  • embodied representations
  • human mirror neuron system
  • symbolic processing
  • language
  • fMRI
  • TMS

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Research Overview

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).

Contact Information

Mailing Address University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2520
Office Location BCI 253
Office Phone (213) 821-2970
Lab Location Brain and Creativity Institute
Lab Phone
Fax (213) 821-3099
Office Location BCI 253



  • PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
  • Post-doctoral training, University of Parma, Italy
  • Post-doctoral training, University of California, Berkeley

Selected Publications

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  • Aziz-Zadeh L, Kaplan JT, Iacoboni M. (2008) "Aha!": The neural correlates of verbal insight solutions. Hum Brain Mapp. (In press). PubMed
  • Aziz-Zadeh L, Damasio A. (2008) Embodied semantics for actions: Findings from functional brain imaging. J Physiol Paris. 102(1-3):35-39. PubMed
  • Gazzola V, Aziz-Zadeh L, Keysers C. (2006) Empathy and the somatotopic auditory mirror system in humans. Curr Biol. Sep 19;16(18):1824-1829. PubMed
  • Aziz-Zadeh L, Wilson SM, Rizzolatti G, Iacoboni M. (2006) Congruent embodied representations for visually presented actions and linguistic phrases describing actions. Curr Biol. Sep 19;16(18):1818-1823. PubMed
  • Aziz-Zadeh L, Koski L, Zaidel E, Mazziotta J, Iacoboni M. (2006) Lateralization of the human mirror neuron system. J Neurosci. Mar 15;26(11):2964-2970. PubMed
  • Aziz-Zadeh L, Iacoboni M, Zaidel E. (2006) Hemispheric sensitivity to body stimuli in simple reaction time. Exp Brain Res. Mar;170(1):116-121. PubMed
  • 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. J Cogn Neurosci. Jun;17(6):928-938. PubMed
  • Aziz-Zadeh L, Iacoboni M, Zaidel E, Wilson S, Mazziotta J. (2004) Left hemisphere motor facilitation in response to manual action sounds. Eur J Neurosci. May;19(9):2609-2612. PubMed
  • Aziz-Zadeh L, Maeda F, Zaidel E, Mazziotta J, Iacoboni M. (2002) Lateralization in motor facilitation during action observation: a TMS study. Exp Brain Res. May;144(1):127-131. PubMed