Anna Gui

Postdoctoral Researcher

Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Birkbeck College

BMA Tavistock House North, Tavistock Square, London WC1H 9HR.



Research interests

I am a child therapist interested in the neurobiological mechanisms underlying individual differences in social cognition. I am currently working as a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, where I am coordinating the Behaviour and Online Neuroimaging to study the Development of Socialisation (BONDS) and Transformative Approach with Babies in the Scanner (TABS) studies funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (PIs: Prof. Emily Jones, Prof. Fred Dick, Prof. Robert Leech).


During my PhD, I investigated the neural, genetic and epigenetic signatures of behavioural differences in social attention, collecting DNA and behavioural data from the children who participated in the British Autism Study of Infant Siblings and their family members, under the supervision of Prof. Mark Johnson, Prof. Emily Jones and Dr. Emma Meaburn.


Further information about my research and collaborations can be found here:

The BOND research group:

The GEL Lab:

The BONDS project:

The gBASIS project:



2019 - PhD in Psychology, Birkbeck College, University of London.

2015 - MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience (Distinction), University of Trento, Italy (2015).

2013 - First level Italian MSc in Child Rehabilitation and Research Methodology (Distinction), University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy (2013).

2008 - BSc in Neurological and Psychomotor Approach Therapy (First), University of Padova, Italy.



Gui A., Jones E.J.H., Wong C.C.Y., Meaburn E., Xia B., Pasco G., Lloyd-Fox S., Charman T., Bolton P., Johnson M.H. & the BASIS team (2020), Leveraging epigenetics to understand developmental trajectories of social attention: A proof-of-principle study of DNA methylation in infants at risk for autism, Infant Behavior and Development, 60: 101409,

Gui A., Mason, L., Gliga, T., Hendry, A., Begum Ali, J., Pasco G., Shephard E., Curtis C., Charman T., Johnson M.H., Meaburn E., Jones E.J.H. and the BASIS team (2020), Look duration at the face as a developmental endophenotype: elucidating pathways to Autism and ADHD, Development and Psychopathology, 1-20,

Braithwaite E., Gui A., Jones E. (2020), Social attention: What is it, how can we measure it, and what can it tell us about autism and ADHD?, in Sabine Hunnius, Marlene Meyer, Progress in Brain Research: Early Social-Cognitive Development, Elsevier,254: 271-303,

Gui, A. (2019) Evaluating the role of social attention in the causal path to Autism Spectrum Disorder, Doctoral thesis, Birkbeck, University of London.

Gui A., Bussu G., Tye C., Elsabbagh M., Charman T., Johnson M.H. and Jones E.J.H., Attentive brain states to faces in infants with and without later autism (under review).

Gui A., Tye C., Elsabbagh M., Harrison R.H., Patel H., Curtis C., Pasco G., Charman T., Johnson M.H., Jones E.J.H., Meaburn E. and the BASIS team, Polygenic contributions to spatio-temporal characteristics of brain responses to faces in infancy (in preparation).

Haartsen, R., Gui, A., da Costa, P., Throm, E., Mason, L., Leech, R., Jones, E.J.H., Tuning the EEG paradigm to the individual infant; a tutorial on using neuroadaptive Bayesian optimization with real-time EEG analysis in infants (in preparation).


Funding and awards

Birkbeck Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund (ISSF) for PhD students completing their thesis (2019)

Marie Sklodowksa-Curie Innovative Training Network PhD fellowship (2015 – 2019)

Merit Award for MSc, University of Trento (2015)

Erasmus + Mobilità per Studio - European mobility scholarship at the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour, Nijmegen, the Netherlands (2015)

Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique for research internship at Laboratoire de Psychologie de la Perception, Paris Descartes, France (2014)

Opera Universitaria Stage for research internship at Laboratoire de Psychologie de la Perception, Paris Descartes, France (2014)