About Me

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

In my dissertation, I am exploring infants’ and young children’s social networks. I argue that social networks are an excellent method to capture and describe children’s early social experience and that we can use a social network framework to generate questions about how early social experience relates to social cognitive development.

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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