Lisa Aziz-Zadeh

Expert on the brain’s role in creativity, language and empathy

Associate Professor in the USC Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy

Joint appointment with the Department of Psychology and the Brain and Creativity Institute at the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences


  • embodied representations, creativity and language from a social and cognitive neuroscience perspective
  • brain imaging techniques including functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS)
  • mirror neuron system
  • stroke and dyspraxia and rehabilitation techniques to improve physical functioning
  • the brain
  • creativity
  • language
  • empathy and social understanding
  • brain imaging, including fMRIs
  • stroke
  • dyspraxia
  • mirror neurons
  • laterality
  • social and cognitive neuroscience

Additional Information

  • Recipient: NIH grants, American Heart Association grants, Dana Foundation Grant


  • Farsi


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