Teodora Gliga


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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. 

Indicative Publications

De Laet, A., Piccardi, E. S., Begum-Ali, J., Charman, T., Johnson, M. H., Jones, E. J., ... & Gliga, T. (2022). Neuronal gating of tactile input and sleep in 10-month-old infants at typical and elevated likelihood for autism spectrum disorder. Scientific Reports, 12(1), 1-11.

Piccardi, E., Johnson, M.H., Gliga, T. (2020) Explaining individual differences in infants’ visual sensory seeking. Infancy

Pomiechowska, B., & Gliga, T. (2019). Lexical acquisition through category matching: 12-month-old infants associate words to visual categories. Psychological science30(2), 288-299.

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 Sciences113(44), 12397-12402. 

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

Key Research Interests

  • Children differ in how they react to sensory stimulation. I research the mechanisms undelying individual variation in sensory processing across the broad spectrum of neuro-developmental profiles. I investigate the role that sensory processing has in optimizing sleep-based learning.
  • Throughout like, humans seek informaiton for its own sake. Infants' looking behavior, their object manipulation, babbling and incessant pointing, are some of the earliest means through which they actively seek information. I want to understand why certain individuals are more thirstly for knowledge and how we can increase motivation to learn.
  • Language changes the way in which we perceive and remember the world. Or possibly not? I investigate the link between language acquisition and conceptual development in hearing and deaf children.
  • How do aliens (or infants) figure out that we are trying to communicate with them? I remain puzzleded but how easy parents and infants establish a dialogue, early in life.


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Administrative Posts

Group Lead Developmental Science



Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being


  • Science (General)
  • Cognitive development
  • Autism
  • Brain Development
  • Sleep
  • Language
  • Deafness

Media Expertise

  • Child development
  • Language & Communication
  • Neuroscience

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