About the lab

The Center for the Neuroscience of Embodied Cognition (CeNEC), also known as the AZ 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. 

Under the direction of Dr. Lisa Aziz-Zadeh, the CeNEC 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 CeNEC is part of the Brain and Creativity Institute and the Chan Division of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California.