My research interests are at the intersection of cognitive neuroscience, psychology, and education. I am particularly interested in mind wandering: its neural correlates, relationship to affect, and impact on learning.Other interests include investigating affective states and task-unrelated thought in educational contexts, such as during complex learning and reading.
Ph.D., Psychology, University of Notre Dame
M.A., Psychology, University of Notre Dame
B.S., Psychology, Christian Brothers University
PSYC 741: Adv Top/Science of Daydreaming
Mills, C., & Christoff, K. (2018). Finding Consistency in Boredom by Appreciating its Instability. Trends in cognitive sciences, 22, 744-747.
Wammes, J. D., Ralph, B. C. W., Mills, C., Bosch, N., Duncan, T. L., & Smilek, D. (2018). Disengagement during lectures: Media multitasking and mind wandering in university classrooms. Computers & Education.
Mills, C., Raffaelli, Q., Irving, Z. C., Stan, D., & Christoff, K. (2018). Is an off-task mind a freely-moving mind? Examining the relationship between different dimensions of thought. Consciousness and cognition, 58, 20-33.
Zedelius, C. M., Mills, C., & Schooler, J. W. (2018). Beyond subjective judgments: Predicting evaluations of creative writing from computational linguistic features. Behavior research methods, 1-16.
Wilson, K. E., Martinez, M., Mills, C., D Mello, S., Smilek, D., & Risko, E. F. (2018). Instructor presence effect: Liking does not always lead to learning. Computers & Education, 122, 205-220.
Fox, K. C. R., Andrews-Hanna, J. R., Mills, C., Dixon, M. L., Markovic, J., Thompson, E., & Christoff, K. (2018). Affective neuroscience of self-generated thought. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.
Smith, G. K., Mills, C., Paxton, A., & Christoff, K. (2018). Mind-wandering rates fluctuate across the day: evidence from an experience-sampling study. Cognitive research: principles and implications, 3, 54.
Mills, C., Herrera-Bennett, A., Faber, M., & Christoff, K. (2018). Why the mind wanders: How spontaneous thought’s default variability may support episodic efficiency and semantic optimization. The Oxford Handbook of Spontaneous Thought: Mind-Wandering, Creativity, and Dreaming, 11.
Martin, L., Mills, C., D Mello, S. K., & Risko, E. F. (2018). Re-watching lectures as a study strategy and its effect on mind wandering.. Experimental psychology.
Christoff, K., Mills, C., Andrews-Hanna, J. R., Irving, Z. C., Thompson, E., Fox, K. C. R., & Kam, J. W. Y. (2018). Mind-wandering as a scientific concept: cutting through the definitional haze. Trends in cognitive sciences, 22, 957-959.