Positions

Research Areas research areas

Overview

  • 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.
  • Publications

    Academic Article

    Year Title
    2018 Affective neuroscience of self-generated thoughtAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences Annals of The Lyceum of Natural History of New York2018
    2018 Beyond subjective judgments: Predicting evaluations of creative writing from computational linguistic featuresBehavior research methods.  1-16. 2018
    2018 Disengagement during lectures: Media multitasking and mind wandering in university classroomsComputers & Education2018
    2018 Finding Consistency in Boredom by Appreciating its InstabilityTrends in cognitive sciences.  22:744-747. 2018
    2018 Heterogeneity within the frontoparietal control network and its relationship to the default and dorsal attention networksProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  201715766-201715766. 2018
    2018 How do we model learning at scale? A systematic review of research on MOOCsReview of Educational Research.  88:43-86. 2018
    2018 Instructor presence effect: Liking does not always lead to learningComputers & Education.  122:205-220. 2018
    2018 Is an off-task mind a freely-moving mind? Examining the relationship between different dimensions of thoughtConsciousness and Cognition.  58:20-33. 2018
    2018 Mind-wandering as a scientific concept: cutting through the definitional hazeTrends in cognitive sciences.  22:957-959. 2018
    2018 Mind-wandering rates fluctuate across the day: evidence from an experience-sampling studyCognitive research: principles and implications.  3:54-54. 2018
    2018 Re-watching lectures as a study strategy and its effect on mind wandering.Experimental psychology2018
    2018 The critical role of the Hippocampus in mind wanderingJournal of Neuroscience.  38:6439-6441. 2018
    2018 Why the mind wanders: How spontaneous thought’s default variability may support episodic efficiency and semantic optimizationThe Oxford Handbook of Spontaneous Thought: Mind-Wandering, Creativity, and Dreaming.  11-11. 2018
    2017 An Evidence-Centered Design Approach to Mind Wandering 2017
    2017 Being sad is not always bad: The influence of affect on expository text comprehensionDiscourse Processes.  1-18. 2017
    2017 Cognitive coupling during reading.Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.  146:872-872. 2017
    2017 Interactions between the default network and dorsal attention network vary across default subsystems, time, and cognitive statesNeuroImage.  147:632-649. 2017
    2017 The effect of disfluency on mind wandering during text comprehensionPsychonomic bulletin & review.  24:914-919. 2017
    2017 The knowns and unknowns of boredom: a review of the literatureExperimental Brain Research.  1-12. 2017
    2016 Mind wandering during film comprehension: The role of prior knowledge and situational interestPsychonomic bulletin & review.  23:842-848. 2016
    2016 On the influence of re-reading on mind wanderingThe Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.  69:2338-2357. 2016
    2015 Influencing the occurrence of mind wandering while readingConsciousness and Cognition.  34:52-62. 2015
    2015 The influence of consequence value and text difficulty on affect, attention, and learning while reading instructional textsLearning and Instruction.  40:9-20. 2015
    2015 Toward a Real-Time (Day) Dreamcatcher: Sensor-Free Detection of Mind Wandering during Online Reading.International Educational Data Mining Society2015
    2014 Emotions while writing about emotional and non-emotional topicsMotivation and Emotion.  38:140-156. 2014
    2014 On the validity of the autobiographical emotional memory task for emotion inductionPLoS ONE.  9:e95837-e95837. 2014
    2014 The present study investigated how symptoms of mania—associated with heightened and persistent positive emotion—influence emotion experience and perception during distressing social interactions, whereby the experience of heightened positive emotion may not be socially adaptive. Specifically, mania symptoms were assessed via a validated self-report measure, and used to predict emotion experience and...Motivation and Emotion.  38:157-165. 2014
    2013 Inducing and tracking confusion with contradictions during complex learningInternational Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education.  22:85-105. 2013
    Electroencephalography and Brain Activity Measurement

    Chapter

    Year Title
    Why the Mind Wanders

    Conference Proceeding

    Year Title
    2018 Quantifying Classroom Instructor Dynamics with Computer VisionInternational Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education. 30-42. 2018
    2018 “Mind” TS: Testing a Brief Mindfulness Intervention with an Intelligent Tutoring SystemInternational Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education. 176-181. 2018
    2017 Neural Dynamics of Spontaneous Thought: An Electroencephalographic StudyInternational Conference on Augmented Cognition. 28-44. 2017
    2017 Out of the Fr-Eye-ing pan: towards gaze-based models of attention during learning with technology in the classroomProceedings of the 25th Conference on User Modeling, Adaptation and Personalization. 94-103. 2017
    2017 Put your thinking cap on: detecting cognitive load using EEG during learningProceedings of the Seventh International Learning Analytics & Knowledge Conference. 80-89. 2017
    2017 Zone out no more: Mitigating mind wandering during computerized reading.EDM. 2017
    2016 Investigating boredom and engagement during writing using multiple sources of information: the essay, the writer, and keystrokesProceedings of the Sixth International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge. 114-123. 2016
    2016 The Effect of Text Difficulty on Intentional and Unintentional Mind-WanderingCANADIAN JOURNAL OF EXPERIMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY-REVUE CANADIENNE DE PSYCHOLOGIE EXPERIMENTALE. 397-397. 2016
    2016 The Eyes Have It: Gaze-based Detection of Mind Wandering during Learning with an Intelligent Tutoring System.EDM. 86-93. 2016
    2015 Automatic gaze-based detection of mind wandering during narrative film comprehensionInternational conference on multimodal interaction. 299-306. 2015
    2015 Mind wandering during learning with an intelligent tutoring systemInternational Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education. 267-276. 2015
    2014 To quit or not to quit: predicting future behavioral disengagement from reading patternsInternational Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems. 19-28. 2014
    2013 Emotions During Writing about Socially-Charged Issues: Effects of the (Mis) Alignment of Personal Positions with Instructed Positions.FLAIRS Conference. 2013
    2013 Sorry, I Must Have Zoned Out: Tracking Mind Wandering Episodes in an Interactive Learning EnvironmentInternational Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education. 896-899. 2013
    2013 What emotions do novices experience during their first computer programming learning session?International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education. 11-20. 2013
    2013 What makes learning fun? exploring the influence of choice and difficulty on mind wandering and engagement during learningInternational Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education. 71-80. 2013
    2012 Automatic evaluation of learner self-explanations and erroneous responses for dialogue-based ITSsInternational Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems. 541-550. 2012
    2012 Emotions during writing on topics that align or misalign with personal beliefsInternational Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems. 638-639. 2012
    2011 Does topic matter? Topic influences on linguistic and rubric-based evaluation of writingInternational Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education. 450-452. 2011

    Teaching Activities

  • Adv Top/Science of Daydreaming Taught course 2018
  • Education And Training

  • B.S. Psychology, Christian Brothers University
  • M.A. Psychology, University of Notre Dame
  • Ph.D. Psychology, University of Notre Dame
  • Full Name

  • Caitlin Mills
  • Mailing Address

  • University of New Hampshire

    Psychology

    15 Academic Way

    Durham, NH  03824

    United States