Elise A. Piazza


I am a C. V. Starr postdoctoral fellow at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute. I received my Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015 and my B.A. from Williams College in 2009.

I am interested in how our brains extract crucial patterns from complex sounds to facilitate communication. My dissertation research investigated efficient mechanisms for understanding complex auditory and visual information, including statistical learning, statistical summary (i.e., “gist” processing), prediction, and adaptation.

In 2016, our research team received the prestigious Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Technology Award to build a state-of-the-art fNIRS imaging system to do research on naturalistic, real-life communication.

Check out some of the recent press coverage (PBS News Hour, Washington Post) of my Current Biology paper on universal acoustic shifts in infant-directed speech (w/ Marius Cătălin Iordan and Casey Lew-Williams)!

CV (pdf) | google scholar | flickr