Elise A. Piazza


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Hi! I'm an Assistant Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the University of Rochester. I was previously a C. V. Starr postdoctoral fellow at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, working with Uri Hasson and Casey Lew-Williams. I received my Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 2015 and my B.A. from Williams College in 2009.

I study communication, from the perspective of both the perceiver and the producer, using behavioral, computational, and neuroimaging techniques and highly naturalistic paradigms.

Within perception, 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. From the perspective of production, I study how speakers adapt their voices to the demands of different audiences and how expert musicians' brains organize auditory information during performance. Finally, to understand the real-time dynamics of communication at the biological level, I use neural coupling as a measure of interpersonal alignment to predict communicative success and learning outcomes.

The Piazza Lab website is now live!

Last updated 8/2020