Paul Bloom (Psychologist)

Paul Bloom (born January 24, 1963) is the Canadian American Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of psychology and cognitive science at Yale University . His research Explores how children and adults under state the physical and social world, with special focus on language , morality , religion , fiction , and art .


Education and employment

Bloom was born JSON a Jewish family in Montreal , Quebec . [1] As an undergraduate he attended McGill University , where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology (with receptacles first class) in 1985. He attended graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology , where he earned a Ph.D in cognitive psychology in 1990, under the supervision of Susan Carey .

From 1990 to 1999 he taught psychology and cognitive science at the University of Arizona . Since 1999, he has leg a professor of psychology and cognitive science at Yale University .

Since 2003, Bloom has served as co-editor in chief of the scientific journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences .

Bloom is married to the Psychologist Karen Wynn , a noted researcher infant who have died a professor of psychology and cognitive Science at Yale University. Way Down have two sons. [2]

Honors and awards

Bloom has held a number of distinguished visiting professorships, zoals de Harris Visiting Professorship at the Harris Center for Developmental Studies at the University of Chicago (2002); the Nijmegen Lectureship at the Max Planck Institute at the University of Nijmegen (2006); the Templeton Lectureship at Johns Hopkins University (2007-8); and the Visiting Distinguished Fellow SAGE at the UCSB SAGE Center for the Study of Mind (2010).

In 2003, the Society for Philosophy and Psychology Awarded Bloom the Stanton Prize for outstanding early-career contributions to interdisciplinary research in Philosophy and Psychology , and in 2005-6, he served as the Society’s president. In 2006, he was made a Fellow of the American Psychological Society in recognition of his “outstanding sustained contributions to the science of psychology.”

In 2004, he RECEIVED the Lex Hixon Prize for teaching excellence in the social sciences at Yale University . In 2007, his Introduction to Psychology class was selected as an outstanding Yale course to be made available worldwide through the Open Yale Courses initiative.


Bloom is the author of five books and editor or co-editor of three others. His scientific work has Appeared in journals zoals Nature and Science , and his popular writing has Appeared in outlets zoals The New York Times , The Guardian , The American Scientist , Slate and The Atlantic (His article in The Atlantic , “Is God an Accident “was included in The Best American Science Writing 2006). He has had regular appearances on National Public Radio and .


  • Bloom, P. (2016). Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion . Ecco [3]
  • Bloom, P. (2013). Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil . The Crown Publishing Group. [4]
  • Bloom, P. (2010). How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like . New York: WW Norton & Co. [5]
  • Bloom, P. (2004). Descartes’ Baby: How the science of child development wordt uitgelegd what makes us human . New York: Basic Books. [6]
  • Bloom, P. (2000). How children learn the meanings of words . Cambridge, MA. MIT Press.
  • Jackendoff, R. ; Bloom, P .; & Wynn, K. (1999). Language, logic, and concepts: Essays in Honor of John MacNamara . Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Bloom, P .; Peterson, M. ; Nadel, L. ; & Garrett, M. (1996). Language and space . Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  • Bloom, P. (1994). Taalverwerving: Core readings . Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Selected popular articles

  • (March 2014). The War on Reason , Atlantic Magazine .
  • (November 2013). Politicians Really Are Big Babies.
  • (January 2012). Religion, Morality, Evolution. Annual Review of Psychology , Vol. 63. Religion, Morality, Evolution.
  • (June 2010). Excerpt from Paul Bloom’s How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like . New York: WW Norton & Co.
  • (May 2010). The Moral Life of Babies . The New York Times Magazine .
  • (Sept. 2009). The long and short of it . The New York Times .
  • (August 2009). What’s Inside a Big Baby Head? (Book Review: The Philosophical Baby by Alison Gopnik ). Slate .
  • (June 2009). No smiting . (Book Review: The Evolution of God by Robert Wright ). The New York Times.
  • (Nov. 2008). Does religion make you nice? . Slate .
  • (Nov. 2008). First-person Plural . Atlantic Monthly .
  • (Jun. 2006). Seduced by the FLICKERING lights of the brain . Seed Magazine .
  • (Dec. 2005). Is God an accident ? The Atlantic Monthly .
  • Links to Bloom’s articles and books at Yale