Dr Bonnie Auyeung


As I grow to understand life less and less,
I learn to love it more and more.
– Jules Renard



Wee Bonnie!

I am a Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh where I have the fantastic job of studying early child development. My work is focused on understanding how the prenatal environment is related to infant and child development, with the aim of identifying potential causes of early developmental problems. Prior to joining Edinburgh, I worked at the Autism Research Centre at the University of Cambridge. Before Cambridge, I was based at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) where my work took place through the Early Childhood Partial Hospitalization Program at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute.

Likes: Cooking, Playing board games, Hiking
Dislikes: Smelly things, Waking up too early


My work is focused on understanding the role of prenatal factors on early development. These studies aim to provide a better understanding of early brain and behavioural development. My specific interests include: autism, early child development (social and cognitive development, neural development, eye gaze), sex differences and neurodevelopmental outcomes.


  • Auyeung B, Lombardo MV, Baron-Cohen S (2013), Prenatal and postnatal hormone effects on the human brain and cognition. Pflugers Arch, 465, 557-71.
  • Auyeung B, Ahluwalia J, Thomson L, Taylor K, Hackett G, O’Donnell KJ, et al. (2013). Prenatal versus postnatal sex steroid hormone effects on autistic traits in children at 18-24 months of age. Mol Autism, 3, 17-21.
  • Auyeung B, Baron-Cohen S, Ashwin E, Knickmeyer R, Taylor K, Hackett G, et al. (2009). Fetal testosterone predicts sexually differentiated childhood behavior in girls and in boys. Psych Sci, 20, 144-8.
  • Auyeung B, Baron-Cohen S, Chapman E, Knickmeyer R, Taylor K, & Hackett G (2009). Fetal testosterone and autistic traits. Brit J Psychol, 100, 1-22.
  • Auyeung B, Baron-Cohen S, Wheelwright S, Samarawickrema N, & Atkinson M (2009). The Children’s Empathy Quotient (EQ-C) and Systemizing Quotient (SQ-C): Sex differences in typical development and of autism spectrum conditions. J Autism Dev Disord, 39, 1509-21.

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