Professor Debbie Mills

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

School of Psychology
Adeilad Brigantia
Penrallt Road
Gwynedd LL57 2AS
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0) 1248 388572
Fax: +44 (0) 1248 38 2599




BA Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles
MA Educational Psychology, University of California, Santa Barbara
PhD Psychology, University of California, San Diego

Research interests

My research bridges the areas of cognitive neuroscience and cognitive development. I am particularly interested in the effects of experience on brain development including: how learning two languages shapes the organization of the brain, and the interaction between social/emotional experience and language development. In another line of work, I study links between genes, brain, cognition, and culture. My approach is to study typically developing monolingual and bilingual infants, children, and adults - in addition to individuals with altered genetic, neurocognitive, and/or experiential profiles such as children and adults with Williams Syndrome or autism. The technique I use is a combined behavioural and brain imaging (ERP/fMRI) approach to characterize trajectories of developmental change in the neural bases of language and social/emotional cognitive processes.

Professor Debbie Mills is a member of the Language, Bilingualism, & Cognitive Development and Social Neuroscience research groups.


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