Paul Bloom is Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto, and Brooks and Suzanne Ragen Professor Emeritus of Psychology at Yale University. Paul Bloom studies how children and adults make sense of the world, with special focus on pleasure, morality, religion, fiction, and art. He has won numerous awards for his research and teaching. He is past-president of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology, and co-editor of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. 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 The Atlantic Monthly. He is the author of seven books, including his latest Psych: The Story of the Human Mind.

“Essential reading for anyone who has wondered why people do, feel, and think what they do. Paul Bloom is that rarest of experts—able to tell a story, make it practical, and yet faithfully capture the complexity and nuance of the latest research. I loved Psych!”
~Angela Duckworth, author of New York Times bestseller Grit

“In Psych, Paul Bloom explains the deep and lasting insights from the science of the mind, sifting them from the superficial and the unreproducible. And he does it with the tough mind and gentle style that make all his books such a pleasure to read.”
~Steven Pinker, Johnstone Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and the author of Rationality

“Paul Bloom is the perfect guide to a topic we all need to understand better: how our minds work. Psych is a fascinating deep dive into the mysteries of human psychology. It is also a perfect testament to why understanding the puzzles of the mind can be so damn fun.”
~Laurie Santos, Chandrika and Ranjan Tandon Professor of Psychology at Yale University and host of The Happiness Lab podcast

“Psych will thrill readers young and old with fundamental truths about our very nature. A devoted teacher and gifted author on wide-ranging issues in moral psychology, Bloom has written a compelling story that synthesizes and integrates so much about humans’ brains, minds, and behavior. This is a masterful, brilliantly composed book that leaves readers wanting to learn more about what makes us human and why that matters.”
~Peter Salovey, president of Yale University and Chris Argyris Professor of Psychology

“The story of the human mind as told by psychology’s best storyteller. From the neuron to the neighborhood and all points between, Paul Bloom takes us on a fantastic journey—and delivers another gem of a book."
~Daniel Gilbert, Edgar Pierce Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and author of New York Times bestseller Stumbling on Happiness

“For anyone with even a glancing interest in how our hearts and minds work—or a more in-depth one, for that matter—Paul Bloom’s Psych is perhaps the wittiest, most captivating overview of the field of psychology to date. Bloom is edifying without being pedantic, profound without being pretentious (or, let’s face it, exhausting), and authoritative while still maintaining an admirable sense of humility. Plus: his eye for the just-right anecdote or bit of fanciful trivia is impeccable. Who wouldn’t want to learn about failed hamburger campaigns, novel ways to smoke out spies, or pigs that learn to do the fox trot?”
~Jennifer Senior, author of New York Times bestseller All Joy and No Fun and winner of the 2022 Pulitzer Prize for Feature Writing


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