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 broadly interested in how the brain represents speech and music and how the auditory system uses summary statistics to efficiently process and learn about complex natural sounds. Currently, I'm investigating how neural coupling between children and caregivers supports successful communication early in life.

October 2017: My study on universal acoustic shifts in infant-directed speech is published in Current Biology. Check out some of the press coverage in The Washington Post and on PBS News Hour!

March 2018: My dissertation work on audio-visual statistical learning, and how it quickly helps us disambiguate noisy environments, is out in the Journal of Vision.

July 2018: My new preprint, showing infant-caregiver neural coupling and dynamic tracking of real-time communicative behaviors, is out in bioRxiv!

CV (pdf) | google scholar | flickr