About Annie Brookman-Byrne

Welcome to my blog! I am a PhD student at Birkbeck, University of London, and a member of the Centre for Educational Neuroscience. I am currently researching the cognitive and neural bases of science and maths reasoning in adolescence. I use behavioural, neuroimaging, and classroom-based methods, working closely with teachers at a school who are a partner on my PhD project. I aim to ensure that my research is both scientifically rigorous and educationally relevant. I am passionate about the field of educational neuroscience, and most of this blog is dedicated to talking about the latest findings and issues in the field. As the Junior Co-ordinator for EARLI's SIG22 Neuroscience and Education, I particularly aim to support junior researchers in this field.

You can follow me on Twitter here.

You can read my contributions to the NPJ Science of Learning community here.

You can read my Evidence in the Classroom mini-series on the BOLD blog here.

You can read my article on educational neuroscience for The Psychologist here.

You can find out more about me and my research on the Broad Inquiry site here.

And you can find my personal blog posts here.


PhD Psychology
2015 - Present

MSc Educational Neuroscience
2014 - 2015

BSc (Hons) Psychology
2007 - 2011

Research Posts

Senior Research Assistant
2013 - 2014

Graduate Research Assistant and Co-ordinator
2011 - 2013

Lab Manager

Research Assistant
2009 - 2010


Mareschal, D., & Brookman-Byrne, A. (2017). Educational Neuroscience. In B. Hopkins, E. Geangu, & S. Linkenauger (Eds.), The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development (2nd ed.) (pp. 582-587). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. [Book LINK]

Brookman, A. (2016). Learning from Educational Neuroscience. The Psychologist, 29(10), 766-769. [Open Access LINK]

Brookman, A. (2016). The genetics of language disorders. PsyPAG Quarterly, 99, 33-36. [Open Access LINK]

Muijs, D., & Brookman, A. (2016). Quantitative Methods. In C. Chapman, D. Muijs, D. Reynolds, P. Sammons, & C. Teddlie (Eds.), Routledge International Handbook of Educational Effectiveness and Improvement: Research, policy and practice (pp. 173-201). Oxon, UK: Routledge. [Book LINK]

Brookman, A. (2015). Why and how we should all be making our research open access. PsyPAG Quarterly, 94, 53-54. [Open Access LINK]

Brookman, A., McDonald, S., McDonald, D., & Bishop, D. V. M. (2013). Fine motor deficits in reading disability and language impairment: same or different? PeerJ, 1:e217. [Open Access LINK]