Nicole Burke

I am a third year graduate student working with Dr. Amanda Woodward and Dr. Susan Goldin-Meadow. I graduated with a B.A. in Psychology and Cognitive Science from Northwestern University in 2015. As an undergraduate, I worked with Dr. Amy Booth and Dr. Sandra Waxman 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.

I am interested in exploring how variations in a child’s environment and social experience influence their ability to utilize social information. My focus is to understand and quantify different aspects of a child’s experience and how that influences the skills they develop for early social learning. With a focus on language learning, I test this hypothesis with three different samples. First, using 18-month-old US and Mayan infants, I explore how a child’s socio-cultural environment influences how they utilize child-directed cues both in language learning and in their natural environment. Second, using deaf and hearing adults and babies, I want to explore how early language experience affects attention to linguistic input, specifically co-speech gesture. Finally, using typically developing infants, I look at how children demonstrate attention in overheard contexts and whether that ability relates to their learning.

Office: Green Hall, Room 501
Phone: (773) 834-9791