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 currently investigating how neural coupling between children and caregivers supports successful communication early in life. I am more 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.

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