About Me

I am a fifth year PhD candidate in Developmental Psychology at the University of Chicago working with Dr. Amanda Woodward and Dr. Susan Goldin-Meadow.

I am interested in early infant social cognition. In my dissertation, I am exploring infants’ and young children’s social networks - I describe the nature and structure present in young children’s social networks as well as explore how social networks impact early social cognition. I argue that social networks are an excellent tool for characterizing young children’s early social experience.

Feel free to contact me at nicoleburke@uchicago.edu or click here to learn more about my research.

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I am a first-generation college student and I graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Cognitive Science from Northwestern University in 2015.

As an undergraduate, I worked with Dr. Sandra Waxman and Dr. Amy Booth at Northwestern and Dr. Frank Keil at Yale University studying word learning, language development, children’s causal reasoning, and adult’s reasoning about explanatory depth.

Interests beyond science

Long distance runner, marathoner, R-ladies Chicago, #firstgen

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