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Anna Gui | Experimental Design | Best Researcher Award

Dr Anna Gui, University of Essex, United Kingdom

Dr. Anna Gui is a Lecturer in Psychology at the University of Essex, UK. She earned her PhD in Psychology from Birkbeck, University of London, with a thesis on social attention in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dr. Gui’s postdoctoral research at Birkbeck explored neurodevelopmental trajectories using neuroimaging and genetic data. She has numerous publications in high-impact journals, focusing on the neurobiology of social development and autism. Additionally, she has received several prestigious grants and awards, and actively engages in public science communication and event organization. 🌟📚🧠

Publication profile

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From 2015 to 2019, He pursued a PhD in Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London, with a thesis on the role of social attention in the causal path to Autism Spectrum Disorder, supervised by Prof. M.H. Johnson, Prof. E.J.H. Jones, and Dr. E. Meaburn. 🌟 During this time, He undertook a secondment at the Geschwind lab at UCLA, focusing on genotype data pre-processing. Earlier, He completed an MSc in Cognitive Science at the University of Trento (2013-2015), with internships in EEG data analysis at the Donders Institute and behavioral testing at Université Paris Descartes. 📚 Prior to this, I earned a Master’s in Child Rehabilitation from the University of Modena and Reggio-Emilia, with a thesis on visual and motor function integration, including an internship in neonatal behavioral assessment at the University Hospital of Padova. 👶 My academic journey began with a BSc in Neurological and Psychomotor Therapy at the University of Padova. 🎓


Since February 2024, He have been the primary BSc dissertation supervisor at the University of Essex, UK 📚. He have also served as a secondary PhD supervisor since October 2022 📖. From June to August 2022, He supervised undergraduate placement students at Birkbeck College, London 🏙️. Between August 2016 and March 2023, He was a research supervisor at Birkbeck College, overseeing 3 PhD students, 1 postgraduate student, 5 undergraduate students, and 4 research assistants 🎓. As an academic mentor during 2021-2022, I supported the Compass Project for Sanctuary Students. Currently, He lecture at the University of Essex and previously lectured at Birkbeck College 🎤.


He have been involved in various research projects and academic roles that highlight my dedication to developmental science and cognitive neuroscience. Notably, He am a co-investigator on an MRC iCASE Doctoral Training Partnership grant, mapping attentive brain states to support parent-child interaction in autism (£129,555, 2023-2027) 🧠. As the principal investigator, He led the STRIDES series to tackle racism in developmental science (£2,450, 2022-2023) 🌍 and investigated neuroadaptive optimisation in parent-child interactions (£4,515, 2022-2023) 👪. My teaching experience includes supervising dissertations at the University of Essex and lecturing on cognitive neuroscience and neuropsychology 📚. Additionally, He have been a mentor for the Compass Project for Sanctuary Students at Birkbeck College 🌟.

Research focus

Dr. Antonia Gui’s research primarily focuses on early developmental processes, particularly in infants, with a strong emphasis on social attention, face processing, and neuroadaptive methodologies. Her work explores how these early behaviors and neural responses may elucidate pathways to conditions like autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Using a variety of behavioral studies and advanced neuroscientific techniques, Dr. Gui investigates genetic, epigenetic, and environmental factors influencing developmental trajectories in social cognition and motor skills. He research contributes significantly to understanding individual differences in infancy, aiming to improve early detection and intervention strategies 🧠👶.

Publication top notes

Face processing in early development: a systematic review of behavioral studies and considerations in times of COVID-19 pandemic

Look duration at the face as a developmental endophenotype: elucidating pathways to autism and ADHD
Attentive brain states in infants with and without later autism

Social attention: What is it, how can we measure it, and what can it tell us about autism and ADHD?

Leveraging epigenetics to examine differences in developmental trajectories of social attention: A proof-of-principle study of DNA methylation in infants with older siblings …

Development of the pupillary light reflex from 9 to 24 months: association with common autism spectrum disorder (ASD) genetic liability and 3‐year ASD diagnosis

Proving and improving the reliability of infant research with neuroadaptive Bayesian optimization

Association of polygenic liability for autism with face-sensitive cortical responses from infancy

Children’s total blindness as a risk factor for early parent-child relationships: Preliminary findings from an Italian sample

Neuroadaptive electroencephalography: a proof-of-principle study in infants


Anna Gui | Experimental Design | Best Researcher Award

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