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Brianna Abbott

Contributing writer, Spectrum

Brianna Abbott is an intern at Spectrum. She is a science journalist based in New York City, covering neuroscience, chemistry and biology, and is a graduate student in the Science, Health and Environmental Reporting Program at New York University. She previously received a B.A. in chemistry and a B.A. in creative writing from Providence College.

May 2018
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New map reveals web of connections from single neurons

by  /  18 May 2018

A new map reveals the routes of individual neurons in visual regions of the mouse brain.

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Infant seizures, maternal meds top list of risk factors for autism

by  /  2 May 2018

Epilepsy in infancy and the use of prescription medications during pregnancy are the strongest of 29 known risk factors for autism in a child.

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March 2018
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Tiny particles safely stimulate neurons buried in brain

by  /  30 March 2018

A new technology that converts near-infrared light to visible light can manipulate neurons nestled deep in the brain.

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honeycomb shape with arrows shows the pattern of activity of rats in the maze
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‘Honeycomb’ maze elevates testing of rodents’ spatial skills

by  /  16 March 2018

A maze comprising 37 hexagonal platforms may offer researchers an accurate measure of rodents’ ability to navigate their surroundings.

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Low intelligence, repetitive actions tied to self-injury in autism

by  /  7 March 2018

People with autism who are admitted to the hospital for self-injury tend to have low intelligence quotients and severe repetitive behaviors.

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