The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Candice M. Mills

Associate Professor
Program Head, Psychological Sciences MS

Research Interests

Cognitive development; social cognition; critical thinking; explanation and understanding; selective trust, science learning.

Curriculum Vitae


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-4475
Office: JO_4.208
Campus Mail Code: GR 41
Website: Think Lab


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 learn from asking questions and how they make sense of different kinds of explanations when learning science. 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, the Timberlawn Foundation, and the National Science Foundation. Dr. Mills earned her bachelor’s degree in cognitive neuroscience from the University of Florida and her PhD in developmental psychology from Yale University.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

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

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