PAUL BLOOM is the Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor of Psychology at Yale University. His research explores how children and adults understand the physical and social world, with special focus on morality, religion, fiction, and art. He has won numerous awards for his research and teaching. He is the past-president of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, and co-editor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, one of the major journals in the field.
Bloom is the author or editor of several books, including Just Babies: The Origins of Good and Evil and Against Empathy: The Case for Rational Compassion. He has written for scientific journals such as Nature and Science, and for popular outlets such as the New York Times, the Guardian, the New Yorker, and Atlantic Monthly.
He had been interviewed many times on NPR, including the Todd Mundtz Show, the Larry Mantle Show, the Brian Lehrer Show, and On Point. He is one of the best-regarded lecturers at Yale, and his Introduction to Psychology class was one of the first, and most popular, of forty selected by Yale to be made available worldwide as part of an open access web-based program. He lives in New Haven with his wife and two sons.