Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development
Dept. of Psychological Sciences
Birkbeck College, Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX

Project leader

Dr Emily Jones
  • Phone:+44 (0)20 7631 6323
  • Fax:+44 (0)20 7631 6587
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Prof Mark Johnson
  • Phone:+44 (0)20 7631 6226
  • Fax:+44 (0)20 7631 6587
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Project staff


Anna Gui
  • Phone:+44 (0)7 341 468105
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Rianne Haartsen
  • Phone:+44 (0)7482 017451
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Dr Angelica Ronald
  • Supervisor
  • Phone:+44 (0)20 7631 6342
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Institute presentation

The Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development (CBCD) was founded at Birkbeck, University of London, in 1998 under the leadership of Professor Mark Johnson. It has grown steadily and is now internationally recognised as one of the leading centres of its kind. It receives significant financial support for its activities from many of the major funding bodies for research in the UK, most notably the Medical Research Council.

Work at the CBCD is characterised by an equal focus on theoretical, methodological, and empirical advances in understanding infant and child development. As well as studying typical brain development in infancy, it is one of the only laboratories in Europe that studies brain functioning in very young children with autism and William’s Syndrome.