Phone: 510-642-3134


B.A. (2009) Psychology, Music, and Cognitive Science, Williams College.

Research interests:

My research focuses on perceptual and cognitive mechanisms of human multisensory integration. In one set of studies, I am evaluating factors that influence our resolution of ambiguous information. I use binocular rivalry as a model of ambiguity to study the effects of visual and auditory prediction on conscious awareness. In addition, I am studying how the visual and auditory systems compress information in similar ways, using summary statistics, such as the average pitch of a tone sequence.


Piazza, E. A. & Silver, M. A. (2014). Persistent hemispheric differences in the perceptual selection of spatial frequencies. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26(9), 2021-2027.

Banks, M. S., Cooper, E. A., & Piazza, E. A. (2014). Camera focal length and the perception of pictures. Ecological Psychology, 26, 1-17.

Piazza, E. A., Sweeny, T., Wessel, D., Silver, M. A., & Whitney, D. (2013). Humans use summary statistics to perceive auditory sequences. Psychological Science, 24 (8), 1389-1397.

Cooper, E. A., Piazza, E. A., & Banks, M. S. (2012). The perceptual basis of common photographic practice. Journal of Vision, 12(5):8, 1-14.

Denison, R. N., Piazza, E. A., & Silver, M. A. (2011). Predictive context influences perceptual selection during binocular rivalry. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 5:166, 1-11.

Navarra, J., Hartcher, J., Piazza, E., & Spence, C. (2009). Adaptation of audiovisual asynchrony modulates the speeded detection of sound. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 106, 9169-9173.

Massaro, D. W., Carreira-Perpinan, M. A., Merrill, D. J., Sterling, C., Bigler, S., Piazza, E., & Perlman, M. A. (2008). iGlasses: an automatic wearable speech supplement in face-to-face communication and classroom situations. In Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Multimodal Interfaces, 197-198.