Nicole Mirea, PhD
language-learning scientist ✨ searching for my next adventure ✨ she/her
I recently earned my doctorate in Linguistics with a specialization in Cognitive Science from Northwestern, working with Dr. Matt Goldrick. Currently I’m seeking a role where I can use my analytic skills and expertise in learning and memory science to shape products that empower learners and educators. If this is something your company values, let’s chat!
Background: Since 2017, I’ve been investigating how language learners use what they already know to help them learn sound patterns of a new language, through experiments with both human participants and deep learning models. I have also analyzed survey data for social good in partnership with Bilingualism Matters Chicago and graduate student organizations at Northwestern. In 2020, I did a summer data science internship at Duolingo, where I worked with a cross-functional team to identify learning strategies employed by users and assess their effectiveness. Before graduate school, I was a front-end web developer/designer for UCLA’s Center for Tropical Research and Institute of the Environment & Sustainability.
Name: In English, my full name is pronounced [ni’kʰɔl ‘miɹə]; my last name rhymes with “lira.” It comes from Romanian, which is one of my two native languages, alongside English.
|Feb 2, 2023||The analysis files from the speech experiments in my thesis are now publicly available on osf.io, along with audio recordings and transcriptions.|
|Nov 4, 2022||I successfully defended my thesis! 🎉 Many thanks to my advisor, Matt Goldrick; my committee members Ann Bradlow and Ken Paller; everyone who attended my dissertation defense; and all others who helped me along the way.|
|Aug 2, 2022||I’ll be discussing my thesis work at Psychonomics 2022! Come say hi in person at the 6pm Friday poster session, or check out the virtual presentation (available sometime after October 27).|
|Jun 16, 2022||I will be presenting preliminary results from my thesis work at LabPhon 18.|
|Jun 16, 2022||I’ve updated my website! Hello world!|