Judith Danovitch, PhD

Associate 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

    Danovitch, J. H., Mills, C. M., Sands, K., & Williams, A. J. (in press). Mind the gap: How incomplete explanations influence children's interest and learning behaviors. Cognitive Psychology.

    Mills, C. M., Danovitch, J. H., Mugambi, V., Sands, K., & Pattisapu Fox, C. (in press). “Why do dogs pant?”: Characteristics of parental explanations about science predict children’s knowledge. Child Development.

    Danovitch, J. H., Mills, C. M., Duncan, R. G., Williams, A. J., & Girouard, L. N. (2021).  Developmental changes in children’s recognition of the relevance of evidence to causal explanations. Cognitive Development, 58, 101017.

    Williams, A. J., Danovitch, J. H., Mills, C. M. (2021). Exploring sources of individual differences in children’s interest in science. Mind, Brain, and Education, 15, 67-76.

    Danovitch, J. H. & Lane, J. (2020). Children’s belief in purported events: When claims reference hearsay, books, or the internet. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 193, 104808.

    Tong, Y., Wang, F., & Danovitch, J. H. (2020). The role of epistemic and social characteristics in children’s selective trust: Three meta-analyses. Developmental Science, 23, e12895

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