I am a science journalist with neuroscience background based in New York. I write about the brain, neuroscience and psychology, genetics and AI. 


I have written for a variety of publications including Scientific American, Spectrum, WIRED, New York Magazine, the Washington Post, NBC News and the Daily Beast.


I write and produce for Brain Craft, a PBS Youtube channel created by Vanessa Hill.

(new!) Attention Wars: a 6-episode series about the impact of big tech and social media. Watch the episodes!

Bad Behavior: A Field Guide (Series) Humans are complicated: a tangled web of amazing biology and bad behaviors. This illustrated field guide will help you navigate the hostile wilderness of human nature. Watch the episodes!

When AI hallucinates Artificial neural networks are pretty good at image recognition – but sometimes, they see things that... aren't there.  Watch the episode!

Reversing Brain Death? Nothing is as certain as death. Yet humans have come up with ways to push it further and further. The heart stops beating? Do CPR. The lungs fail? Use a mechanical ventilator. These techniques have cheated death millions of times. But there is a point of no return: when the brain dies. Or is it? Watch the episode!


I launched and was the founding managing editor of Braindecoder, a neuroscience website with news and feature stories written by a team of esteemed science journalists. Braindecoder reached nearly half a million unique readers every month and quickly gained loyal fans among both academics and curious minds. It did not, however, live past its first year. You can check out archived versions on:

Here: http://behdad.org/mirror/www.braindecoder.com/ 
And here: http://web.archive.org/web/20160729213044/https://braindecoder.com/

Life before science journalism

I completed a Masters degree in neuroscience and cognitive science at Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. During and after my studies I worked as a researcher at the Laboratoire de Neurosciences Cognitives, where I studied the neural circuitry underling autism and obsessive compulsive disorder.


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Email: bahar.gholipour at gmail


Graphic Design

At Braindecoder and elsewhere I have created art, infographics and maps. Many of these illustrations include elements taken from Shutterstock vector files (under the license granted in the general subscription).