Eleanor Braithwaite

PhD Student
Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development
Department of Psychological Sciences
Birkbeck, University of London


Prof. Emily Jones
Prof. Jacqueline Barnes (Institute for the Study of Children, Families and Social Issues, Birkbeck)

Research interests

My research is focussed on developing and improving methods for measuring cognitive ability during toddlerhood, which can then be used in large scale studies. I am also interested in increasing the diversity of participants in these studies, with a particular focus on including children of lower socioeconomic status. I will thus develop data collection methods specifically to facilitate the participation of a diverse sample of toddlers. 
Using large samples of data, I also aim to investigate the structure of cognition in toddlerhood and how this varies with socioeconomic status (SES). I am particularly interested in how SES may cause the adaptation of psychological processes, which could lead to enhanced performance on cognitive tasks in certain contexts. I hope to investigate how the relative strengths and weaknesses of individuals differ and whether this is impacted by SES. I will use a range of methods during my PhD, including app-based data collection, and portable eye-tracking and EEG systems. 


PhD Psychology, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck (2019 – present)

MSc Educational Neuroscience (Distinction), UCL Institute of Education & Birkbeck (2017 – 2018)

BA(hons) Psychology & Linguistics, University of Oxford (2013 – 2016)


Previous employment

2018 - 2019 Research Assistant, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck
2016 - 2017 Teaching Assistant, Holy Trinity Infant CE School
2016  Research Assistant, Catch Up Literacy


Braithwaite, E. K., Jones, E. J., Johnson, M. H., & Holmboe, K. (2019). Dynamic modulation of frontal theta power predicts cognitive ability in infancy. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 100818. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dcn.2020.100818

Braithwaite, E. K., Gui, A., & Jones, E. J. H. (2020). Social attention: What is it, how can we measure it, and what can it tell us about autism and ADHD?. Progress in Brain Research, volume 258. https://doi.org/10.1016/bs.pbr.2020.05.007