Dr Anna Gui

Department of Psychology
Dr Anna Gui



Anna is a developmental researcher interested in the neurobiological mechanisms underlying individual differences in infant’s behaviour. She works with large-scale genetic datasets (Genetics of Early Milestones and Skills, or GEMS project) and lab-based individualised neuroimaging approaches (Behavioural and Online Neuroimaging to study the Development of Socialisation, or BONDS project) to identify early signs of atypical developmental trajectories and help device evidence-based personalised support for families of neurodiverse children.


  • PhD in Psychology Birkbeck, University of London, (2019)

  • MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience University of Trento, (2015)

  • Ist level Italian Master in Child Rehabilitation and Research Methodology University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, (2013)

  • BSc in Neurological and Psychomotor Approach Therapy University of Padova, (2008)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Advanced employability skills and career progression (PS492)

  • Body, Senses and Existence (PS502)

  • Special Topics in Psychology (PS933)

  • Advanced Brain and Behaviour (PS943)

  • Theory and Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology (PS949)

  • Brain and Behaviour (PS411)

  • MSc Psychology Research Project (PS900)


Publications (4)

Gui, A., Hollowell, A., Wigdor, EM., Morgan, MJ., Hannigan, LJ., Corfield, EC., Odintsova, V., Hottenga, J-J., Wong, A., Pool, R., Cullen, H., Wilson, S., Warrier, V., Eilertsen, EM., Andreassen, OA., Middeldorp, CM., Pourcain, BS., Bartels, M., Boomsma, DI., Hartman, CA., Robinson, EB., Arichi, T., Edwards, D., Johnson, MH., Dudbridge, F., Sanders, SJ., Havdahl, A. and Ronald, A., (2024). Genome-wide association meta-analysis of age at onset of walking

Carnevali, L., Gui, A., Jones, EJH. and Farroni, T., (2021). Face processing in early development: a systematic review of behavioral studies and considerations in times of COVID-19 pandemic

Costa, PFD., Haartsen, R., Throm, E., Mason, L., Gui, A., Leech, R. and Jones, EJH., (2021). Neuroadaptive electroencephalography: a proof-of-principle study in infants

Tye, C., Bussu, G., Gliga, T., Elsabbagh, M., Pasco, G., Johnsen, K., Charman, T., Jones, EJH., Buitelaar, J. and Johnson, MH., (2020). Understanding the nature of face processing in early autism: A prospective study

Journal articles (17)

Gui, A. and Jones, E., Connecting autism-linked genetic variation to infant social behavior. Spectrum

Ronald, A. and Gui, A., The potential and translational application of infant genetic research. Nature Genetics

Haartsen, R., Gui, A. and Jones, EJH., (2024). Neuroadaptive Bayesian optimisation can allow integrative design spaces at the individual level in the social and behavioural sciences… and beyond. Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 47, e45-

Gui, A., Throm, E., da Costa, P., Penza, F., Aguiló Mayans, M., Jordan-Barros, A., Haartsen, R., Leech, R. and Jones, E., (2024). Neuroadaptive Bayesian optimisation to study individual differences in infants’ engagement with social cues. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 68, 101401-101401

Throm, E., Gui, A., Haartsen, R., da Costa, PF., Leech, R. and Jones, EJH., (2023). Real-time monitoring of infant theta power during naturalistic social experiences. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 63, 101300-101300

Gui, A., Perelli, D., Rizzo, G., Ferruzza, E. and Mercuriali, E., (2023). Children’s total blindness as a risk factor for early parent-child relationships: preliminary findings from an Italian sample. Frontiers in Psychology. 14, 1175675-

Haartsen, R., Mason, L., Garces, P., Gui, A., Charman, T., Tillmann, J., Johnson, MH., Buitelaar, JK., Loth, E., Murphy, D., Jones, EJH., Ahmad, J., Ambrosino, S., Banaschewski, T., Baron-Cohen, S., Bast, N., Baumeister, S., Beckmann, C., Bölte, S., Bourgeron, T., Bours, C., Brandeis, D., Cornelissen, I., Crawley, D., Davidson, C., Dell’ Acqua, F., Durston, S., Ecker, C., Ellis, C., Faulkner, J., Hayward, H., Hipp, J., Holt, R., Lai, M-C., Leblond, C., Meyer-Lindenberg, A., Moessnang, C., Oakley, B., O'Dwyer, L., Persico, A., Rausch, A., Sabet, J., San Jose Caceres, A., Simonoff, E., Tost, H. and Rhein, DV., (2022). Qualitative differences in the spatiotemporal brain states supporting configural face processing emerge in adolescence in autism. Cortex. 155, 13-29

Gui, A., Throm, EV., da Costa, PF., Haartsen, R., Leech, R. and Jones, EJH., (2022). Proving and improving the reliability of infant research with neuroadaptive Bayesian optimization. Infant and Child Development. 31 (5)

Carnevali, L., Gui, A., Jones, EJH. and Farroni, T., (2022). Face Processing in Early Development: A Systematic Review of Behavioral Studies and Considerations in Times of COVID-19 Pandemic. Frontiers in Psychology. 13, 778247-

Gui, A., Bussu, G., Tye, C., Elsabbagh, M., Pasco, G., Charman, T., Johnson, MH. and Jones, EJH., (2021). Correction: Attentive brain states in infants with and without later autism. Translational Psychiatry. 11 (1), 277-

Fish, LA., Nyström, P., Gliga, T., Gui, A., Begum Ali, J., Mason, L., Garg, S., Green, J., Johnson, MH., Charman, T., Harrison, R., Meaburn, E., Falck‐Ytter, T. and Jones, EJH., (2021). 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. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. 62 (11), 1308-1319

Gui, A., (2021). A Neurodevelopmental Perspective on Sex-Differentiated Genetic Effects on Behavior. Biological Psychiatry. 89 (12), e63-e65

Gui, A., Bussu, G., Tye, C., Elsabbagh, M., Pasco, G., Charman, T., Johnson, MH. and Jones, EJH., (2021). Attentive brain states in infants with and without later autism. Translational Psychiatry. 11 (1), 196-

Gui, A., Meaburn, EL., Tye, C., Charman, T., Johnson, MH. and Jones, EJH., (2021). Association of Polygenic Liability for Autism With Face-Sensitive Cortical Responses From Infancy. JAMA Pediatrics. 175 (9), 968-968

Gui, A., Jones, EJH., Wong, CCY., Meaburn, E., Xia, B., Pasco, G., Lloyd-Fox, S., Charman, T., Bolton, P. and Johnson, MH., (2020). Leveraging epigenetics to examine differences in developmental trajectories of social attention: A proof-of-principle study of DNA methylation in infants with older siblings with autism. Infant Behavior and Development. 60, 101409-101409

Gui, A., Mason, L., Gliga, T., Hendry, A., Begum Ali, J., Pasco, G., Shephard, E., Curtis, C., Charman, T., Johnson, MH., Meaburn, E. and Jones, EJH., (2020). Look duration at the face as a developmental endophenotype: elucidating pathways to autism and ADHD. Development and Psychopathology. 32 (4), 1303-1322

Bussu, G., Jones, EJH., Charman, T., Johnson, MH. and Buitelaar, JK., (2019). Latent trajectories of adaptive behaviour in infants at high and low familial risk for autism spectrum disorder. Molecular Autism. 10 (1), 13-

Book chapters (1)

Braithwaite, EK., Gui, A. and Jones, EJH., (2020). Social attention: What is it, how can we measure it, and what can it tell us about autism and ADHD?. In: Progress in Brain Research. Elsevier. 271- 303

Grants and funding


Research to support activities for visually impaired children and their families

Robert Hollman Foundation

+44 (0) 1206 876200


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