I joined the School of Psychology in 2018. I have an undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology, from University of Bucharest and Ecole Normale Superieure, Lyon. Sometimes during my studies I became more interested in understanding human beings than fruit flies and embarked onto a PhD in Cognitive Sciences, in Paris. I have been researching brain and cognitive development, since. In 2006 I moved to Birkbeck, University of London, where I became Programme Leader for the largest European longitudinal study of infants at familial risk for developmental disorders (BASIS). In my research, I am interested in understanding how young humans suceed in acquiring huge amounts of knowledge despite limited attention and memory. In particular I investigate the role that caregivers and the children themselves have in activelly creating learning experiences. 


Indicative Publications


Pomiechowska, B. & Gliga, T. Lexical acquisition through category matching: 12-month-olds infants associate words to pre-existing visual categories. (2019) Psychological Science

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 

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

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, 11(5), 20150041

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. 

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