Paul Bloom (psychologist)

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Paul Bloom
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Born (1963-12-24) December 24, 1963 (age 53)[1]
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Residence New Haven, Connecticut
Citizenship U.S., Canadian
Alma mater Massachusetts Institute of Technology
McGill University
Website pantheon.yale.edu/~pb85/
Scientific career
Fields Psychology
Institutions Yale University
University of Arizona
Thesis Semantic structure and language development (1990)
Doctoral advisor Susan Carey

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

Early life and education[edit]

Bloom was born into a Jewish family in Montreal, Quebec.[2] As an undergraduate he attended McGill University, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology (with honors 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.

Career[edit]

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

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

Bloom is married to the psychologist Karen Wynn, an infant researcher who is also a professor of psychology and cognitive science at Yale University. They have two sons.[3]

Honors and awards[edit]

Bloom has held the 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 SAGE Fellowship 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 2005-06, he served as the society's president. In 2006, he was made a fellow of the American Psychological Society in recognition of his "sustained outstanding contributions to the science of psychology".

In 2004, he received the Lex Hixon Prize for teaching excellence in the social sciences at Yale. 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.

In 2017, he received the $1 million 2017 Klaus J. Jacobs Research Prize for his investigations into how children develop a sense of morality.

Bibliography[edit]

Bloom is the author of five books and editor or co-editor of three others. His research has appeared in Nature and Science, and his popular writing has appeared in 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 Bloggingheads.tv.

Books[edit]

  • Bloom, P. (2016). Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion. Ecco[4]
  • Bloom, P. (2013). Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil. The Crown Publishing Group.[5]
  • Bloom, P. (2010). How Pleasure Works: The New Science of Why We Like What We Like. New York: W. W. Norton & Co.[6]
  • Bloom, P. (2004). Descartes' Baby: How the Science of Child Development Explains What Makes Us Human. New York: Basic Books.[7]
  • 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). Language Acquisition: Core Readings. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Selected popular articles[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.dropbox.com/s/73v6d9bbe82vxjd/paul-bloom-cv-november-2016.pdf?dl=0
  2. ^ "Is God an Accident?". The Atlantic. December 2005. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Paul Bloom. "CV" (PDF). 
  4. ^ Hardcover 2016, ISBN 978-0062339331
  5. ^ Paperback 2014, ISBN 978-0307886859
  6. ^ Paperback reprint 2011, ISBN 978-0393340006
  7. ^ 2005, ISBN 978-0465007868

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