Richard Sima


Brain Matters Columnist

Education: Johns Hopkins University, PhD in Neuroscience; Harvard University, BA in Neurobiology

Richard Sima is a neuroscientist turned science journalist who writes the Brain Matters column for The Washington Post's Well+Being desk. After more than a decade of research, Sima transitioned from academia to journalism. His work covering the life, health and environmental sciences has appeared in outlets such as the New York Times, National Geographic, Scientific American, Discover Magazine, New Scientist and Eos. Prior to joining The Post in 2022, Richard worked as a fact-checker for Vox podcasts, including for the award-winning science podcast “Unexplainable.” He was also a researcher
Latest from Richard Sima

It’s never ‘just’ a concussion. Your brain is vulnerable and hurting.

We still do not completely understand what causes a concussion, but we do know that its effects can cause widespread disruption to the brain and its normal functioning.

October 5, 2022

The brain loves a challenge. Here’s why.

New research suggests we can learn to enjoy effort for its own sake with just a little bit of training.

September 29, 2022

Boredom is a warning sign. Here’s what it’s telling you.

Nobody likes being bored, but the emotion is your brain's way of telling you to check your priorities and find something more meaningful.

September 22, 2022

Why it is awesome that your brain can experience awe

By transforming our sense of self and meaning, and enhancing our relationship with others and the wider world, awe can improve our mental and physical health.

September 15, 2022