Program Head, Psychological Sciences MS
Cognitive development; social cognition; critical thinking; explanation and understanding; selective trust.
Dr. Candice Mills’ research examines how children learn from others. Her recent research has found that children often are influenced by niceness, group membership, and other characteristics when evaluating the claims of others. Other research has examined how children evaluate their own knowledge as well as how they learn from asking questions. In 2011, she was awarded the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award, from the University of Texas system. In addition, she has received grants from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the Timberlawn Foundation. Dr. Mills earned her bachelor’s degree in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Florida and her PhD from Yale University.
Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals
Mills, C. M., Danovitch, J. H., Rowles, S. P.*, & Campbell, I. L.* (in press). Children’s success at detecting circular explanations and their interest in future learning. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review.
Mills, C. M., & Landrum, A. R.* (2016). Learning who knows what: Children adjust their inquiry to gather information from others. Frontiers in Psychology, 7: 951, 1-12. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00951
Landrum, A. R.*, Pflaum, A., & Mills, C. M. (2016). Inducing knowledgeability from niceness: Children use social features for making epistemic inferences. Journal of Cognition and Development. doi: 10.1080/15248372.2015.1135799