Teodora Gliga

Programme Leader, Infant Siblings Study

Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development
School of Psychology
Birkbeck College
Malet Street
London WC1E 7HX
Phone: +44 (0)20 7631 6322
Email: t.gliga at bbk dot ac dot uk


Research questions

  • Developmental pathways to autism and ADHD (as part of STAARS)
  • The developmental origin of epistemic curiosity
  • The effects "social touch" has on attention and learning 
  • How acquiring language affects the way we represent and remember the world


Curriculum vitae

Editor, Medecine & Enfance, Paris, 2008-2013

Intern, British Psychological Society Parliamentary Office, 2009 (PDF)

PhD Cognitive Sciences, Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit, Paris, 2006

BA, Molecular Biology and Physiology, Ecole Normale Superieure, Lyon



Innovative training Network Grant (H2020), Individualised Interventions in Learning: Bridging Advanced Learning Science and 21st Century Technology (2016-2020, co-applicant; PI Fred Dick)

MRC GCRF Foundation Award, Development & validation of a scalable mobile platform for screening of developmental neuropsychiatric disorders in low-resource settings (2017-2019, co-investigator, 7%, PI Bhisma Chakrabarti)

Neuroscience in the playground: bringing together psychology, education and technology to investigate human curiosity. British Academy Rising Star Engagement Award (2016-2017, PI)

Understanding the role social touch plays in cognitive development. BA/Leverhulme Small Research Grant (2014-2015, PI)

Investigating gender differences in cognitive and brain development to unveil protective factors in ASD,  TRIGGER grant (2014-2016; co-applicant; PI Helen Lawton Smith)


Phd Students 

Janet Parsons, The role of prediction in visual attention, during development

Cecile Gal, Information seeking

Elena Serena Piccardi, Sensory prediction in infants at risk for ASD/ADHD

Viktoria Csink, Learning through surprise

Laura Pirazzoli, The development of social touch


Former students

Katarina Begus (now at CEU, Budapest)

Barbara Pomiechowska (now at CEU, Budapest)

Manuela Barona (now at UCL)

Noreen Gilhooly (now at Pearson)

Carina deKlerk


Publications (PDFs)


Pirazzoli, L., Johnson, M., Lloyd-Fox, S. Gliga, T. Hand, spoon or toothbrush: the neural correlates of affective touch in 5-month-old infants. (2018) Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

Nyström, P., Gliga, T., Nilsson Jobs, E., Gredebäck, G., Charman, T., Johnson, M.H., Bölte, S., the BASIS team, the EASE team, and Falck-Ytter, T. (2018) Enhanced pupillary light reflex in infancy predicts autism diagnosis at three years of age. Nature Communications

Doherty, B., Charman, T., Johnson, M, Scerif, G., Gliga, T. (2018) Visual search in the broader autism phenotype: what children search for and co-occurring ADHD symptoms matter. Developmental Science

Falck‐Ytter, T., Nyström, P., Gredebäck, G., Gliga, T., Bölte, S., EASE team, ... & Hedenius, M. (2018). Reduced orienting to audiovisual synchrony in infancy predicts autism diagnosis at 3 years of age. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Hendry, A., Jones, E.H., Bedford, R., Gliga, T., Charman, T., Johnson, M.H. (2018) Developmental change in look duration predicts later effortful control in toddlers at risk for ASD. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 10(1), 3

Guillory, S., Gliga T., Kaldy, Z. (2018) Quantifying attentional effects on the fidelity and biases of visual working memory in young children. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 167, 146-161


Lloyd-Fox, S., Blasi, A., Pasco, G., Gliga, T., Elwell, C.E., Charman, T., Murphy, D. & Johnson, M.H. (2017). Cortical responses before six months of life associate with later autism. European Journal of Neuroscience

DellaLonga, L., Gliga, T. & Farroni, T. (2017) Tune to touch: affective touch enhances learning of face identity in 4-month-old infants. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

Bedford R., Gliga T., Shephard E., Jones, E. J. H., Elsabbagh M., Pickles A., Charman T. & Johnson M.H. (2017) Infant neurocognitive versus observational markers: Prediction of autism spectrum disorder diagnostic stability. Molecular Autism, 8(1), 49

Vernetti, A., Senju, A., Charman, T., Johnson, M.H., Gliga, T. (2017). Simulating interaction: using gaze-contingent eye-tracking to measure the reward value of social signals in toddlers with and without autism. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

Begus, K., Gliga, T., & Southgate, V. (2017). Reply to Kinzler and Liberman: Neural correlate provides direct evidence that infant's social preferences are about information. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences,114(19), E3755-E3755.

Shephard, E., Milosavljevic, B., Pasco, G., Jones, E. J., Gliga, T., Happé, F., ... & Charman, T. (2017). Mid‐childhood outcomes of infant siblings at familial high‐risk of autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research, 10(3), 546-557.

Green J., Pickles A., Pasco G., Bedford R., Wan MW., Elsabbagh M. Slonims V., Gliga T., Jones EJH., Cheung CHM. , Charman T., Johnson MH. and the BASIS Team (2017) Randomised trial of a parent-mediated intervention for infants at high risk for autism:longitudinal outcomes to age three years. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 

Yow, W.Q., Li, X., Lam, S., Gliga, T., Chong, Y.S., Lin, Y.L., Kwek, K, Broekman, B.F.P. (2017) A Bilingual Advantage in 54-month-olds’ Use of Referential Cues in Fast Mapping. Developmental Science


Gliga, T., Southgate, V. (2016) Metacognition: Infants adapt their behavior to their knowledge states. Current Biology, 26 (22), R1191-R1193

Begus, K., Gliga, T., & Southgate, V. (2016). Infants’ preferences for native speakers are associated with an expectation of information. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(44), 12397-12402. 

Cheung, C., Bedford, R, Charman, T., Johnson, M.H.,  Gliga., T.  (2016). Visual search performance in infants associates with later ASD diagnosis. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 

Bedford, R., Jones, E.J.H., Johnson, M.H., Charman, T., Pickles, A., Gliga, T (2016).  Sex differences in the association between infant markers and later autistic traits. Molecular Autism pdf


Gliga, T., Smith T., Gilhooly N., Charman T. & Johnson M.H. (2015) Early visual foraging in relationship to familial risk for autism and hyperactivity/inattention: A preliminary study. Journal of Attention Disorders pdf

Gliga, T., Bedford, R., Charman, T.,  Johnson, M & The BASIS Team (2015) Enhanced visual search in infancy predicts emerging autism symptoms. Current Biology, 25(13), 1727-1730 pdf

Begus, K., Southgate, V. & Gliga, T. (2015) Neural mechanisms of infant learning: Differences in frontal theta activity during object exploration modulate subsequent object recognition. Biology Letters pdf

Green J., Charman T., Pickles A., Wan MW., Elsabbagh M., Slonims V., Taylor C., McNally J., Booth R., Gliga T., Jones EJH., Harrop C., Bedford R., Johnson MH. and the BASIS Team (2015) Parent-mediated intervention for infants at high-risk for autism: randomised clinical trial. Lancet Psychiatry (PDF)

Wass, S., Jones, E., Gliga, T., Smith T. and The BASIS Team (accepted). Shorter spontaneous fixation durations in infants at risk and with later emerging autism. Nature Science Reports (PDF)Johnson, M.H., Jones, E. & Gliga, T. (2015). Brain adaptation and alternative developmental trajectories. Development & Psychopathology, 27, 425-442pdf

Johnson, M.H., Gliga, T., Jones, E.J.H & Charman, T. (2015). Annual Research Review: Infant development, autism, and ADHD – early pathways to emerging disorders. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry (PDF)


Gliga, T., Jones, E.J. & Johnson, M.H. (2014). Low noise in autism, cause or consequence? Autism

Begus K., Gliga, T.& Southgate V. (2014). Infants learn what they choose to learn. PLOS One (PDF)

Gliga, T., Jones, E.J.H, Bedford, R., Charman, T., Johnson, M.H. (2014) From early markers to neuro-develpmental mechanisms of autism. Developmental Review, 34(3), 189-207 (PDF)

Wu, R., Swan, K.,  Kirkham, N., Gliga, T. (2014) Ostensive signals support learning from novel attention cues during infancy. Frontiers in Psychology. (PDF)

Gliga, T and Johnson M.H. (2014) Infant predictors of autism spectrum disorders.  Cutting Edge Psychiatry in Practice

deKlerk, C., Gliga, T. & the BASIS team. (2014). Face engagement during infancy predicts later face recognition ability in younger siblings of children with autism. Developmental Science (PDF)

Jones, E., Gliga T, Charman T & Johnson, M. (2014). Developmental pathways to autism: a review of prospective studies of infants at-risk. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews, 39, 1-33 (PDF)

Bedford, R., Pickles, A., Gliga, T., Elsabbagh, M., Charman, T., Johnson, M. H. and The BASIS Team (2014). Additive effects of social and non-social attention during infancy relate to later Autism Spectrum Disorder. Developmental Science, 17(4), 612-620 (PDF)

Gliga, T., Senju, A., Pettinato, M., Charman, T., Johnson, M. & the BASIS Team (2014). Spontaneous Belief Attribution in Younger Siblings of Children on the Autism Spectrum. Developmental Psychology, 50(3), 903-913 (PDF)

Hudry, K., Chandler, S., Bedford, R., Pasco, G., Gliga, T., Elsabbagh, M., Johnson M., Charman T. & the BASIS team (2014). Early language profiles in infants at high-risk for autism spectrum disorders. JADD, 44(1), 154-167


Elsabbagh M., Gliga, T., Hudry K., Charman T., and Johnson M. (2013). The development of face orienting mechanisms in infants at-risk for autism. Behavioral Brain Research, 251, 147–154 (PDF)

Bedford, R., Gliga, T., Frame K., Hudry K., Chandler S., Johnson M. H., Charman T. & the BASIS team (2013). Failure to learn from feed-back underlies word learning difficulties in children at-risk for autism. Journal of Child Language, 40 (PDF)


Bedford R., Elsabbagh M., Gliga T., Senju A. & the BASIS team (2012). Precursors to social and communication difficulties in infants at-risk for autism: gaze following and attentional engagement. Journal of Autism and Develomental Disorders, 42(10), 2208-2218 (PDF)

Gliga, T. & Southgate V. Prepared to learn about human body's goals and intentions. (2012) V. Slaughter & C. Brownell (Eds.) Early Development of Body Representations, Cambridge University Press (PDF)

Gliga, T., Elsabbagh M., Hudry K., Charman T, and Johnson M. (2012). Gaze following, gaze reading and word learning in children at-risk for autism. Child Development, 83(3), 926-938 (PDF)


Elsabbagh, M., Holmboe K., Gliga, T., Mercure E., Hudry K., Charman, T., Baron-Cohen S., Bolton P., Johnson M.H. (2011) Social and attention factors during infancy and the later emergence of autism characteristics. Progress in Brain Research.

Gliga, T. & Csibra, G. (2010). Verbal labels modulate perceptual object processing in one-year-old infants. Journal of Cognitive Neurosciences (PDF)


Gliga, T., Elsabbagh, M., Andravizou, A. & Johnson, M. (2009) Faces attract infants' attention in complex displays. Infancy, 14(5), 550-562 (PDF)

Gliga, T., Volein A. & Csibra, G. (2009). One-year-old infants appreciate the referential nature of deictic gestures and words. Psychological Science, 20(3) (PDF)

Grossmann, T., Gliga, T., Mareschal, D. & Johnson, M. (2009). The neural basis of perceptual category learning in human infants. Journal of Cognitive Neurosciences, 21(12), 2276-2286 (PDF)

Bristow, D., Dehaene-Lambertz, G., Mattout, J., Soares, C., Gliga, T., Baillet, S. & Mangin, F. (2009). How the infant brain matches the face it sees with the voice it hears. Journal of Cognitive Neurosciences, 21(5), 905-921 (PDF)


Gliga, T., Mareschal, D. (2008). What can neuroimaging tell us about the early development of visual categories? Brain, Cognition & Behavior (PDF)

Gliga, T., Mareschal, D. & Johnson, M.H. (2008). Ten-months-olds’ selective use of visual dimensions in category learning. Infant Behaviour and Development, 31(2), 287-293 (PDF)


Gliga, T. & Csibra, G. (2007) Seeing the face through the eyes: A developmental perspective on face expertise. Progress in Brain Research, 164, 323-339 (PDF)

Gliga, T., Dehaene-Lambertz, G. (2007). Development of a view-invariant representation of the human head. Cognition (2)  (PDF)

Gliga, T., Dehaene-Lambertz, G. (2006). Structural encoding of body and face in human infants and adults. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 17(8): 1328-40. (PDF)

Dehaene-Lambertz, G., Gliga, T. (2004). Common neural basis for phoneme processing in infants and adults. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. 16(8): 1375-87. Review.


General public

Gliga, T. and Johnson M.H. (2014) Infant predictors of autism spectrum disorders.  Cutting Edge Psychiatry in Practice

Gliga, T. (2012) The Social Brain. In Oates, J., Johnson, M. & Karmiloff- Smith, A. Early Childhood in Focus - Developing Brains, The Open University. (PDF)

Gliga, T. (2012). Comprendre l'autisme - la seule voie vers son depassionement. Medecine & Enfance (in french). (PDF)


Submitted and in preparation

Barona M., Krisnan S., Karmiloff-Smith A., & Gliga T.. (submitted/rejected/awaiting interested student) Producing new words helps children remember them.

Pomiechowska, B., & Gliga, T. (in preparation) Conceptual knowledge modulates object memory in infancy.