Judith Danovitch, PhD

Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences

Director of Undergraduate Studies


  • PhD Psychology, Yale University, 2005
  • AB Psychology and Biology, Harvard University, 2000

    Research Interests

    How preschool and elementary school children seek out and evaluate information; How children think about information sources, including the internet

    Recent Representative Publications

    Williams, A. J. & Danovitch, J. H. (in press). The role of accuracy in children’s judgments of experts’ knowledge. Child Development. http://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13965

    Danovitch, J. H., Scofield, J., Williams, A., Davila, L., & Bui, C. (2023). Children’s selective information transmission in STEM and non-STEM domains. Cognitive Development, 66, 101332. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cogdev.2023.101332

    Girouard-Hallam, L. N, Tong, Y., Wang, F., & Danovitch, J. H.(2023). What can the internet do?: Chinese and American children’s attitudes and beliefs about the internet. Cognitive Development, 66, 101338. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cogdev.2023.101338

    Tong, Y., Wang, F., Danovitch, J. H., & Wang, W. (2023). Children’s trust in image-based online information obtained on their own or relayed by an adult. Computers in Human Behavior, 141, 107622.

    Girouard-Hallam, L. N, & Danovitch, J. H. (2022). Children’s trust in and learning from voice-assistants. Developmental Psychology, 58, 646-661. https://psycnet.apa.org/doi/10.1037/dev0001318

    Mills, C. M., Danovitch, J. H., Mugambi, V., Sands, K., & Monroe, A. (2022). Cognitive reflection and authoritarianism relate to how parents respond to children's science questions. Developmental Psychology, 58, 417-424.

    Mills, C. M., Danovitch, J. H., Mugambi, V., Sands, K., & Pattisapu Fox, C. (2022). “Why do dogs pant?”: Characteristics of parental explanations about science predict children’s knowledge. Child Development, 93, 326-340. Open access link

    Tong, Y., Wang, F., Danovitch, J. H., & Wang, W. (2022). When the internet is wrong: Children’s trust in an inaccurate internet or human source. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 40, 320-333.

    Williams, A. J. & Danovitch, J. H. (2022). Is what Mickey Mouse says impossible? Informant reality status and children’s beliefs in extraordinary events. Journal of Cognition and Development, 23, 323-33.

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