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
Office: (213) 821-2970


  • 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


  • Farsi

Additional Information

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