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Bangor Brain & Cognitive Development Laboratory


Language Acquisition:

Dick, F., Lloyd-Fox, Blasi, A., Elwell, C., & Mills, D. (in press). Neuroimaging Methods for Educational Neuroscience. In D. Marescheal (Ed) Handbook of Educational Neuroscience. Wiley-Blackwell publications.

Mani, N., Mills, D., & Plunkett (2012). Vowels in Early Words: An Event-related Potential Study. Developmental Science, 15, 2-11.

Mills, D., & Conboy, B. (2009). Early communicative development and the social brain. In M. DeHaan (Ed.). Handbook of social developmental neuroscience, pp. 175-207, New York: Guilford Press.

Sheehan, L., & Mills, D. L. (2008). The effects of early word learning on brain development. In A. Friederici and G. Thierry (Eds), Trends in Language Acquisition Research 5: Early Language Development. (Peer reviewed, pp. 161-190), Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Co.

Sheehan, L., Namy, L., & Mills, D.L. (2007). Developmental changes in neural activity to familiar words and gestures.  In S. Kelly (Ed.) Gesture, language, and brain [Special issue], Brain and Language, 101, 246-259. [PDF]

Zangl, R., & Mills, D.L. (2007). Brain activity to infant versus adult directed speech in 6- and 13-month olds. Infancy, 11, 31-62. [PDF]

Mills, D.L., & Sheehan, L. (2007). Experience and developmental changes in the organization of language-relevant brain activity. In D. Coch, K. W. Fischer, & G. Dawson (Eds.). Human behavior, learning, and the developing brain (Second edition): Typical development. (pp. 183-218). New York: The Guilford Press. [PDF]

Aydelott, J., Dick, F., & Mills, D. (2006). Effects of acoustic distortion & semantic context on event-related potentials to spoken words. Psychophysiology, 43, 454-464. [PDF]

Conboy, B. T., & Mills, D.L. (2006). Two languages, one developing brain: Event-related potentials to words in bilingual toddlers. Developmental Science, 9, F1-F12. [PDF]

Mills, D. L., Plunkett, K., Prat, C., & Schafer, G. (2005). Watching the infant brain learn words: Effects of language and experience. Cognitive Development, 20, 19-31. [PDF]

Mills, D.L., Conboy, B., & Paton, C. (2005). Do changes in brain organization reflect shifts in symbolic functioning? In L. Namy (Ed.). Symbol use and symbolic representation (pp. 123-153). Mahwah: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates. [PDF]

Mills, D. L., Prat, C. Stager, C., Zangl, R., Neville, H., & Werker, J. (2004). Language experience and the organization of brain activity to phonetically similar words: ERP evidence from 14- and 20-month olds. In C. A. Nelson (Ed) Developmental cognitive neuroscience, [Special issue].  Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 16, 1452-1464. [PDF]

St. George, M., & Mills, D.L. (2001). Electrophysiological studies of language development. In J. Weissenborn & B. Hoehle (Eds). Language acquisition and language disorders (pp. 247-259). Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing Co.[PDF]

Mills, D. L., Coffey-Corina, S. A., & Neville, H. J.  (1997).  Language comprehension and cerebral specialization from 13-20 months. In D. Thal and J. Reilly (Eds.), Origins of language disorders [Special issue]. Developmental Neuropsychology, 13, 397-446. [PDF]

Mills, D.L., & Neville, H.  (1997). Electrophysiological studies of language and language impairment. In I. Rappin & R. Nass (Eds). Language Disorders in Children [Special issue]. Seminars in Pediatric Neurology, 4, 125-134. [PDF]

Neville, H., & Mills, D.L. (1997). Epigenesis of language development. In Dolan (Ed) Communication processes in children with developmental disorders [Special issue]. Journal of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities Reviews. 3, 1-11. [PDF]

Mills, D. M., Coffey-Corina, S.A., & Neville, H. J. (1994). Variability in cerebral organization during primary language acquisition. In G. Dawson & K. Fischer (Eds.). Human behavior and the developing brain, (pp. 427-455). New York: Guilford Publications.

Mills, D.L., Coffey-Corina, S.A., & Neville, H.J. (1993). Language acquisition and cerebral specialization in 20-month-old infants. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 5, 326-342. [PDF]

Neville, H. J., Mills, D. L., & Lawson, D. S. (1992). Fractionating language:  Different neural subsystems with different sensitive periods. Cerebral Cortex, 2, 244-258. [PDF]

Williams Syndrome and Autism:


Mills, D., Dai, L., Fishman, I. , Yam, A., Applebaum, G., St. George, M., Galaburda, A., Bellugi, U, & Korenberg, J. (2013). Genetic mapping of brain activity in Williams syndrome: ERP markers of face and language processing across development. Developmental Neuropsychology, 38:8, 613-642

Fishman, I., Yam, A., Bellugi, U., & Mills, D. (2011). Language and Sociability: Insights from Williams syndrome. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 3(3), 185-192. [PDF]

Fishman, I., Yam, A., Bellugi, U., Lincoln, A., & Mills, D. (2011). Contrasting patterns of language-associated brain activity in Autism and Williams syndrome. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. Epub ahead of print, published August 27, 2010, doi:10.1093/scan/nsq075[PDF]

Golarai, G.,  Hong, S., Haas, B., Galaburda, A., Mills, D., Bellugi, U., Grill-Spector, K., & Reiss, A., (2010).  The fusiform face area is enlarged in Williams Syndrome. Journal of Neuroscience 30 (19), 6700-6712.[PDF]

Haas, B. W., Hoeft, F., Searcy, Y., Mills, D., Bellugi, U., & Reiss, A. (2010). Individual differences in social behavior predict amydala response to fearful facial expressions in Williams syndrome, Neuropsychologia, 48(5), 1283-1288.[PDF]

Järvinen-Pasley, A., Adolphs, R., Yam, A., Hill, K. J., Grichanik, M., Reilly, J., Mills, D., Reiss, A. L.., Korenberg, J. R., & Bellugi, U. (2010). Affiliative behavior in Williams syndrome: Social perception and real-life social behavior. Neuropsychologia, 48(7), 2110-2119.[PDF]

Järvinen-Pasley, A., Vines, B., W., Hill, K. J., Yam, A., Grinchanik, M., Mills, D., Reiss, A., Korenberg, J., and Bellugi, U. (2010) . Cross-modal influences of affect across social and non-social domains in individuals with Williams syndrome, Neuropsychologia, 48, 456-466. [PDF]

Järvinen-Pasley, A., Pollak, S. D., Yam, A., Kiley, J., Grichanik, M., Mills, D., Reiss, A., Korenberg, J. R., & Bellugi, U. (2010).  Atypical hemisphere asymmetry in the perception of negative human vocalizations in individuals with Williams syndrome. Neuropsychologia, 48, 1047-1052.[PDF]

Mimura, M., Hoeft, F., Kato, M., Kobayashi, N., Sheau, K., Piggot, J., Mills, D., Galaburda, A., Korenberg, J. R., Bellugi, U., & Reiss, Allan L. (2010). A preliminary study of orbitofrontal activation and hypersociability in Williams syndrome. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders., 2(2), 93-98. [PDF]

Gao, M. C., Bellugi, U., Dai L, Mills, D. L., Sobel, E. M., Lange, K., & Korenberg, J. (2010). Intelligence in Williams syndrome is related to STX1A, which encodes a component of the presynaptic SNARE Complex. PLoS ONE, 5(4): e10292. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0010292 [PDF].

Haas*, B., Mills*, D. L., Yam, A., Hoeft, F., Korenberg, J., Bellugi, U. & Reiss, A. (2009). Genetic influences on sociability: Heightened amygdala reactivity and event-related responses to positive social stimuli in Williams syndrome (* Co-first authors). Journal of Neuroscience, 29(4), 1132-1139.[PDF]

Dai L, Bellugi U, Chen XN, Pulst-Korenberg AM, Järvinen-Pasley A, Tirosh-Wagner T, Eis PS, Graham J, Mills D, Searcy Y, & Korenberg JR. (2009). Is it Williams syndrome? GTF2IRD1 implicated in visual-spatial construction and GTF2I in sociability revealed by high resolution arrays. American Journal of Medical Genetics, 149A(3), 302-14.[PDF]

Collette JC, Chen XN, Mills DL, Galaburda AM, Reiss AL, Bellugi U, & Korenberg JR. (2009). William's syndrome: gene expression is related to parental origin and regional coordinate control. Journal of Human Genetics. 54(4), 193-198.

Gothelf D, Searcy YM, Reilly J, Lai PT, Lanre-Amos T, Mills D, Korenberg JR, Galaburda A, Bellugi U, & Reiss AL. (2008). Association between cerebral shape and social use of language in Williams syndrome. Am J Med Genet A. 1;146A(21):2753-61. [PDF]

Järvinen-Pasley, A., Bellugi, U., Reilly, J., Mills, D., Galaburda, A., Reiss, A., & Korenberg, J. R. (2008). Defining the social phenotype in Williams syndrome: A model for linking gene, the brain, and behavior, Development and Psychopathology, 20, 1-35. [PDF]

Korenberg, J., Dai, L., Bellugi, U. Pasley, A., Mills, D.L., Galaburda, A., Reiss, A., & Pober, B. Deletion of 7q11.23 Genes and Williams Syndrome (2008). In C. J. Epstein, R.P. Erickson, & A. Wynshaw-Boris (Eds.) Inborn errors of development, (pp. 1544-1555) New York: Oxford University Press.

Mobbs, D., Eckert, M.A, Mills, D., Korenberg, J., Bellugi, U., Galaburda, A.M.,  & Reiss, A.L. (2007).Frontostriatal dysfunction during response inhibition in Williams syndrome, Biological Psychiatry,62, 256-251. [PDF]

Hoeft, F., Barnea-Goraly, N., Haas, B. W., Golarai, G., Ng, D., Mills, D., Korenberg, J., Bellugi, U., Galaburda, A., & Reiss, A. (2007). More is Not Always Better: Increased Fractional Anisotropy of Superior Longitudinal Fasciculus Associated with Poor Visuospatial Abilities in Williams syndrome, Journal of Neuroscience, 27, 11960-11965. [PDF]

Mobbs D, Eckert MA, Menon V, Mills D, Korenberg J, Galaburda AM, Rose FE, Bellugi U, Reiss AL. (2007). Reduced parietal and visual cortical activation during global processing in Williams syndrome. Dev Med Child Neurol. 49(6):433-8 [PDF].

Eckert, M., Galaburda, A.M., Bellugi, U., Korenberg, J., Mills, D., & Reiss, A. (2006a). The neurobiology of Williams syndrome: Cascading influences of visual system impairment? Cellular & Molecular Life Sciences, 63, 1867-1875.[PDF]

Eckert, M. A., Galaburda, A. M., Karchmskiy, A., Liang, A., Thompson, P., Dutton, R.A., Lee, A.D., Bellugi, U., Korenberg, J. R., Mills, D., Rose, F. E., & Reiss, A. L. (2006b). Anomalous Sylvian fissure morphology in Williams syndrome. Neuroimage, 33, 39-45.[PDF]

Eckert, M. A., Tenforde, A., Galaburda, A. M., Bellugi, U., Korenberg, J. R., Mills, D., & Reiss, A. L. (2006c). To modulate or not to modulate: Differing results in uniquely shaped Williams syndrome brains. Neuroimage, 32,1001-1007. [PDF]

Gaser, C., Luders, E., Thompson, P.M., Lee, A.D., Dutton, R.A., Geaga, J. A., Hayashi, K. M., Bellugi, U., Galaburda, A., Korenberg, J., Mills, D.L., Toga, A.W., & Reiss, A.L. (2006). Increased local gyrification mapped in Williams syndrome. Neuroimage, 33, 46-54. [PDF]

Karmiloff-Smith, A., & Mills, D.L. (2006). Language development in Williams syndrome. In K. Brown (Ed). Encyclopedia of language and linguistics: Second edition, Volume 13, Language acquisition (pp. 585-589). Amsterdam: Elsevier, doi:10.1016/ B0-08-044854-2/04181-X. [PDF]

Thompson, P.M., Lee, A.G., Dutton, R.A., Geaga, J.A., Hayashi, K.M., Eckert, M.A., Bellugi, U., Galaburda, A.M., Korenberg, J.R., Mills, D.L., Toga, A.W., & Reiss, A.L. (2005). Abnormal cortical complexity and thickness profiles mapped in Williams syndrome. Journal of Neuroscience, 25, 4146-4158.[PDF]

Eckert, M.A., Hu, D., Eleiz, S., Bellugi, U., Galaburda, A., Korenberg, J., Mills, D., & Reiss, A.  (2005).  Evidence for superior parietal impairment in Williams syndrome. Neurology. 64, 152-153.[PDF]

Holinger, D. P., Bellugi, U., Mills, D. L., Korenberg, J.R. Reiss, A. L., Sherman, G. F., & Galaburda, A. M. (2005). Relative sparing of primary auditory cortex in Williams syndrome. Brain Research. 1037, 35-42. [PDF]

Galaburda, A., Holinger, D., Mills, D., Reiss, A., Korenberg, J., & Bellugi, U. (2003). El syndrome de Williams. Un resumen de hallagos cognitivos, delectrofisiologicos, anatomofunctionales, microanatomicos y geneticos. Rev. Neurol, 36(Sup 1): S132-137.

Korenberg, J, R., Bellugi, U., Salandanan, L.S., Mills, D L., & Reiss, A. L. (2003). Williams Syndrome: A neurogenetic model of human behavior. Nature Encyclopedia of the Human Genome. (Peer reviewed, pp 757-766). Hampshire, England: Macmillan, Nature Publishing Group. www.ehgonline.net.[PDF]

Mills, D.L., T. D. Alvarez, St. George, M., Appelbaum, L., Bellugi, U., & Neville, H. (2001) Neurophysiological markers of face processing in Williams syndrome, In U. Bellugi & M. St. George, (Eds.) Journey from cognition to brain to gene: Perspectives from Williams syndrome (pp. 73-104). Cambridge: MIT Press.

Mills, D. L., Alvarez, T.D., St. George, Appelbaum, L.G., Neville, H., & Bellugi, U. (2000). Electrophysiological studies of face recognition in Williams syndrome. In U. Bellugi & M. St. George (Eds), Williams syndrome: From cognition to brain to gene [Special issue]. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Supplement, 12, 47-64.[PDF]

Marks, T.K., Mills, D.L., Makeig, S., Westerfield, M., Jung, T.P, Bellugi, Ul, & Sejnowski, T.J. (2000). ICA Provides New Insights Into ERP Data: Face Processing in Williams Syndrome, Proceedings of the 7th Joint Symposium on Neural Computation, [peer reviewed proceedings]. University of Southern California, 56-63. [PDF]

St. George, M. Mills, D., & Bellugi, U. (2000). ERPs during auditory language comprehension in Williams Syndrome: The effects of word frequency, imageabilty and length on word class. Neuroimage, 11, 357.[PDF]

Bellugi, U., Lichtenberger, L., Mills, D., Galaburda, A. & Korenberg, J. (1999). Bridging cognition, brain and molecular genetics: Evidence from Williams syndrome. Trends in Neuroscience, 22, 193-236 [PDF]

Bellugi, U., Mills, D.L., Jernigan, T., Hickok, G., & Galaburda, A. (1999). Linking cognition, brain structure and brain function in Williams syndrome. In H. Tager-Flusberg (Ed.). Neurodevelopmental disorders: Contributions to a new framework from the cognitive neuroscience, (pp. 111-136). Cambridge: MIT Press.

Neville, H., Mills, D., & Bellugi, U. (1995). Functional brain organization in Williams syndrome, [Special issue]. Genetic Counseling, 6, 141-142.

Neville, H. J., Mills, D. L. & Bellugi, U. (1993). Effects of altered auditory sensitivity and age of language acquisition on the development of language-relevant neural systems: Preliminary Studies of Williams Syndrome. In S. Broman (Ed.). Atypical cognitive deficits in developmental disorders: Implications for brain function., (pp. 67-83). Hillsdale: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.

Neville, H. J., Holcomb, P. J., & Mills, D. L. (1989). Auditory sensory and language processing in Williams syndrome:  An ERP study.  Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 11, 52.

Schreibman, L., Koegel, R., & Mills, D. (1985). L'interazione tra genitori e figlio autistico: l'intervento ecologico-comportamentale, (Parent training for families of autistic children), Handicap e disabilita; di apprendimento.  (Educational Psychology and Learning Disabilities), 2, 38-46.

Glahn, T.J., Chock, P.N., & Mills, D.L. (1984). Transitional teaching homes for individuals with developmental disabilities. Journal of Mental Retardation, 22, 137-141.

Schreibman, L., Mills, D.L., & Stanley, A. (1988). Operant assessment of attentional deficit in autistic children: Defining and measuring a behavioral phenotype. In D.B. Gray, J. Johnston & R. Plomin (Eds.). Developmental genetics and learning conference: Proceedings of the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

Schreibman, L., Stanley, A.E., & Mills, D.L. (1985). Autism: A behavioral case history. In M. Hersen & G.G. Last (Eds), Behavior therapy casebook, (pp. 271-286). New York: Springer Publishing Co.

Schreibman, L., Koegel, R., Mills, D., & Burke, J. (1984). Training parent-child interactions. In E. Schopler & G. Mesibov (Eds.), The effects of autism on the family, (187-205). New York: Plenum Press.