Leslie Tucker

Centre Coordinator

Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development
School of Psychology, Birkbeck College
Henry Wellcome Building, London WC1E 7HX
Phone: +44 (0)20 7631 6325
Fax: +44 (0)20 7631 6587
Email: l.tucker at bbk dot ac dot uk

Research interests

As well as heading up the research support team at the CBCD, I am currently working on the Autism Baby Sibs Project.

Curriculum vitae

1998 to present

Centre Coordinator, Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London


Higher Scientific Officer, Medical Research Council, Cognitive Development Unit, London, UK


Laboratory Coordinator, Professor Mark Johnson's Infant Visual Attention Lab, Department of Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA, USA


Research Assistant, Professor Mary K. Rothbart and Professor Michael Posner's Infant Temperament and Attention Research project, Psychology Department, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA


Gliga, T., Elsabbagh, M., Hudry, K., Charman, T., Johnson, M.H. & the BASIS team (in press) Gaze following, gaze reading, and word learning in children at-risk for autism. Child Development

Stahl, D., Pickles, A., Elsabbagh, M., Johnson, M.H. & the BASIS team (in press) Novel machine learning methods for ERP analysis: A validation from research on infants at-risk for autism. Developmental Neuropsychology

Bedford, R., Elsabbagh, M., Gliga, T., Pickles, A., Senju, A., Charman, T., Johnson, M.H. and the BASIS team. (in press) Precursors to social and communication difficulties in infants at-risk for autism: Gaze following and attentional engagement. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Wai Wan, M., Green, J., Elsabbagh, M., Johnson, M.H., Charman, T., Plummer, F and the BASIS Team. (in press)  Parent-infant interaction in infant siblings at risk of autism. Research in Developmental Disabilities.

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

Guiraud, J.A., Kushnerenko, E., Tomalski, P., Davies, K., Ribeiro, H., Johnson, M.H., and the BASIS team (2011). Differential habituation to repeated sounds in infants at-risk for autism. NeuroReport, 22, 845-849.

Holmboe, K., Elsabbagh, M., Volein, A., Tucker, L.A., Baron-Cohen, S., Bolton, P., Charman, T., and Johnson, M.H. (2010) Frontal cortex functioning in the infant broader autism phenotype. Infant Behavior & Development, doi:10.1016/j.infbeh.2010.05.004.

Elsabbagh, M., Volein, A., Tucker, L., Holmboe, K., Csibra G., Baron-Cohen, S., Bolton, P., Charman, T., Baird, G., and Johnson, M.H. (2009) Visual orienting in the early broader autism phenotype: Disengagement and facilitation. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 50, 637-642.

Elsabbagh, M., Volein, A., Csibra, G., Holmboe, K., Garwood, H., Tucker, L., Krlijes, S., Baron-Cohen, S., Bolton, P., Charman, T., Baird, G., and Johnson, M.H. (2009) Neural correlates of eye gaze processing in the infant broader autism phenotype. Biological Psychiatry, 65, 31-38.

Holmboe, K., Fearon, P.M., Csibra, G., Tucker, L., and Johnson, M.H. (2008) "Freeze-Frame": A new infant inhibition task and its relation to frontal cortex tasks in infancy and early childhood. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 100, 89-114.

Blasi, A, Lloyd-Fox, S., Everdell, N., Volein, A., Tucker, L., Csibra, G., Gibson, A.P., Hebden, J., Johnson, M.H., and Elwell, C.E. (2007) Investigation of depth dependent changes in cerebral haemodynamics during face perception in infants. Physics in Medicine and Biology, 52, 6849-6864.

Johnson, M.H., Griffin, R., Csibra, G., Halit, H., Farroni, T., de Haan, M., Tucker, L.A., Baron-Cohen, S. and Richards, J. (2005). The emergence of the social brain network: Evidence from typical and atypical development. Development and Psychopathology, 17, 599-619.

Csibra, G., Henty, J., Volein, A., Elwell, C., Tucker, L., Meek, J., & Johnson, M.H. (2004). Near infrared spectroscopy reveals neural activation during face perception in infants and adults. Journal of Pediatric Neurology, 2, 85-89.

Csibra, G., Tucker, L.A., & Johnson, M.H. (2001). Differential frontal cortex activation before anticipatory and reactive saccades in infants. Infancy, 2, 159-174.

Johnson, M.H., de Haan, M., Oliver, A., Smith, W., Hatzakis, H., Tucker, L.A., Csibra, G. (2001). Recording and analyzing high density ERPs with infants using the Geodesic Sensor Net.  Developmental Neuropsychology, 19, 295-323.

Csibra, G., Tucker, L.A., Volein, Á., & Johnson, M.H. (2000). Cortical development and saccade planning: The ontogeny of the spike potential. NeuroReport, 11, 1069-1073.

Csibra, G., Tucker, L.A., & Johnson, M.H. (1998). Neural correlates of saccade planning in infants: A high-density ERP study. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 29, 201-215.

Johnson, M.H., Tucker, L.A., Stiles, J. and Trauner, D. (1998). Visual attention in infants with perinatal brain damage: Evidence of the importance of left anterior lesions. Developmental Science, 1, 53-58.

Csibra, G., Johnson, M.H., & Tucker, L.A. (1997). Attention and oculomotor control: A high-density ERP study of the gap effect. Neuropsychologia, 35, 855-865.

Johnson M.H. & Tucker L.A. (1996). The Development and Temporal Dynamics of Spatial Orienting in Infants. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 63, 171-188.

Johnson, M.H., Gilmore, R.O., Tucker, L.A. and Minister, S.L. (1996). Vector summation in young infants saccade planning. Brain and Cognition, 32, 237-243.