University of Southern California

USC Neuroscience

Lisa Sarah Aziz-Zadeh

Assistant Professor

Research Topics

  1. non-verbal social communication
  2. embodied representations
  3. human mirror neuron system
  4. symbolic processing
  5. language
  6. fMRI
  7. TMS

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

Web Site:
reearch home page
Mailing Address:
University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA 90089-2520
Office Location:
Hedco B20
Office Phone:
(213) 821-2970
Lab Location:
Brain and Creativity Institute
(213) 821-3099


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

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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