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Veronique Greenwood

Contributing Editor, Spectrum

Veronique Greenwood is a freelance writer and editor whose work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Pacific Standard, Discover and many others. She edits news articles for Spectrum.

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November 2017
closed eye and wide open eye against sky

Autism may disrupt the body’s circadian clock

by  /  13 November 2017

Sleep problems in autism may stem from the same biological changes that underlie the core features of the condition.

February 2014

Automated tool records behavior of autism mouse models

by  /  5 February 2014

A new tracking system automatically logs and scores mouse behavior as well as a human observer does, according to a paper published 31 December 2013 in Journal of Neuroscience Methods.

November 2013
Photograph of a doctor performing a thyroid exam on a woman.

Clinical research: Low thyroid in pregnancy linked to autism

by  /  1 November 2013

Low levels of a thyroid hormone during pregnancy raise the risk of autism-like symptoms in the child by fourfold, according to a study published 13 August in Annals of Neurology.

March 2013
Illustration of pyramidal neurons against a deep blue background.

Molecular mechanisms: Timothy syndrome neurons defective

by  /  12 March 2013

Neurons from people with Timothy syndrome, and from mouse and rat models of the disorder, have defects in the growth of their branches, according to a study published 13 January in Nature Neuroscience.


Cognition and behavior: Attention early indicator of autism

by  /  8 March 2013

Infants who are later diagnosed with autism are less attentive to the presence of a person onscreen at 6 months of age than their typically developing peers are, according to a study published 14 January in Biological Psychiatry.

February 2013

Duplication of Rett syndrome gene triggers immune problems

by  /  4 February 2013

Children with multiple copies of MeCP2, the gene linked to Rett syndrome, have an immune deficiency in addition to intellectual disabilities, impaired motor skills and seizures. The findings, published 5 December in Science Translational Medicine, may explain why these individuals suffer from frequent bouts of severe respiratory infections and pneumonia.