Paul Bloom's Publications


Bloom, P. (in preparation). Just Babies. New York: Crown.

Bloom, P. (2010). How Pleasure Works: The new science of why we like what we like. New York: Norton.

Bloom, P. (2004). Descartes' baby: How the science of child development explains what makes us human. New York: Basic Books.

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.

Articles for a General Audience

Bloom, P. (May 2012). The Original Colonists. (Book Review: The Social Conquest of Earth by E.O. Wilson.) New York Times.

Bloom, P. (June, 2011). I'm O.K., You're a psychopath. New York Times Book Review.

Bloom, P. (October 2010). Infant origins of human kindness. New Scientist.

Bloom, P. (Ocober 2010). Why we like what we like. APS Observer.

Bloom, P. (May 2010). The Pleasures of Imagination. The Chronical of Higher Education.

Bloom, P. (May 2010). What We Miss. (Book Review: The Invisible Gorilla by Christopher Chabris and Daniel Simons). New York Times.

Bloom, P. (May 2010). The Moral Life of Babies. New York Times Magazine.

Bloom, P. (September 2009). The long and short of it. New York Times.

Bloom, P. (August 2009). What's Inside a Big Baby Head. (Book Review: The Philosophical Baby by Alison Gopnik). Slate.

Bloom, P. (June 2009). No Smiting. (Book Review: The Evolution of God by Robert Wright). New York Times.

Bloom, P. (May 2009). Faith-based science. Natural History.

Bloom, P. (April 2009). Do Not Take Your Eyes Off This Review. (Book Review: Rapt by Winifred Gallagher). The Washington Post.

Bloom, P. (April 2009). Natural Happiness. New York Times Magazine.

Bloom, P. (Nov. 2008). Does religion make you nice? Slate.

Bloom, P. (Nov. 2008). First-person Plural Atlantic Monthly.

Bloom, P. (Feb. 2008). Morality studies. New York Times.

Bloom, P. (May. 2007). Beauty is in the ear of the well informed. The Times Higher Education Supplement.

Bloom, P. & Pizarro, D. A. (2006). Homer's soul. In A. Brown & C. Logan (Eds.), The Psychology of The Simpsons. Benbella Books.

Bloom, P. (Jun. 2006). Seduced by the flickering lights of the brain. Seed Magazine.

Bloom, P. (Dec. 2005). Is God an accident? Atlantic Monthly.

Bloom, P. (Oct. 2005). Worse than creationism. American Psychological Society Observer.

Bloom, P. (Sept. 2004). The duel between body and soul. The New York Times, Op. Ed. section.

Bloom, P. (Jul. 2004). To urgh is human. The Guardian, Op. Ed. section.

Selected Journal Articles

Banerjee, K. & Bloom, P. (in press). Would Tarzan believe in God. The conditions for the emergence of religoius belief. Trends in Cognitive Science

Noles, N. S., Keil, F. C., Bloom, P., & Gelman, S. A. (in press). Children's and Adults' Intuitions about Who Can Own Things. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 12, 265-286.

Starmans, C., & Bloom, P. (2012). Windows to the soul: Children and adults see the eyes as the location of the self. Cognition, 123, 313-318.

Newman, G. & Bloom, P. (2012). Art and authenticity: The importance of origins in judgments of value. Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, 141, 558-569.

Bloom, P. (2012). Religion, morality, evolution. Annual Review of Psychology, 63, 179-199.

Bloom, P. (2012). Who cares about the evolution of stories? Critical Inquiry, 38, 388-393.

Inbar, Y., Pizarro, D.A., & Bloom, P. (2012). Disgusting smells cause decreased liking of gay men. Emotion, 12, 23-27.

Newman, G., Diesendruck, G. and Bloom, P. (2011). Celebrity Contagion and the Value of Objects. Journal of Consumer Research,38, 215-228.

Hamlin, J.K., Wynn, K., Bloom, P. & Mahajan, N. (2011). How infants and toddlers reach to antisocial others. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 108, 19931-19936.

Gray, K., Knobe, J., Sheskin, M., Bloom, P., & Barrett, L. (2012). More than a Body: Mind Perception and the Nature of Objectification. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 101, 1207-1220.

Bloom, P. (2011). Family, community, trolley problems, and the crisis in moral psychology. The Yale Review, 99, 26-43.

Goldstein, T.R. & Bloom, P. (2011). The Mind on Stage: Why Cognitive Scientists should study Acting. Trends in Cognitive Science, 15, 141-142.

Choe, K., Keil, F. & Bloom, P. (2011) Developing intuitions about how personal and social properties are linked to the brain and the body. Infant and Child Development.

Hamlin, J.K., Wynn, K. & Bloom, P. (2010). Three-month-old infants show a negativity bias in social evaluation. Developmental Science, 13, 923-929.

Hood, B.M., Donnelly, K., Leonards, U. and Bloom, P. (2010). Implicit Voodoo: Electrodermal Activity Reveals a Susceptibility to Sympathetic Magic. Journal of Cognition and Culture, 3-4, 391-399.

Allen, M.L., Bloom, P. and Hodgson, E. (2010). Do Young Children Know What Makes A Picture Useful To Other People? Journal of Cognition and Culture, 10, 27-37.

McCrink, K., Bloom, P. & Santos, L. (2010) Children's and adult's judgments of equitable resource distributions. Developmental Science, 13(1), 37-45.

Egan, L., Bloom, P., & Santos, L.R. (2010) Choice-induced preferences in the absece of choice: Evidence from a blind two choice paradigm with young children and capuchin monkeys. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 46, 204-207.

Bloom, P. (2010). How do morals change?. Nature, 464, 490.

Weisberg, D. S. & Bloom, P. (2009). Young children separate multiple pretend worlds. Developmental Science, 12(5), 699-705.

Inbar, Y., Pizarro, D., Knobe, J. & Bloom, P. (2009). Disgust Sensitivity Predicts Intuitive Disapproval of Gays. Emotion, 9(3), 435-439.

Danovitch, J. & Bloom, P. (2009). Children's extension of disgust to physical and moral events. Emotion, 9(1), 107-112.

Jarudi, I., Kreps, T. & Bloom, P. (2008). Is a refrigerator good or evil? The moral evaluation of everyday objects. Social Justice Research, 21, 457-469.

Inbar, Y., Pizarro, D., & Bloom, P. (2008). Conservatives are more easily disgusted than liberals. Cognition and Emotion.

Uhlmann, E.; Pizarro, D.; & Bloom, P. (2008). Varieties of social cognition. Journal of the Theory of Social Behavior, 38, 293-322.

Bloom, P. & Gelman, S.A. (2008). Psychological essentialism in selecting the 14th Dalai Lama. Trends in Cognitive Science, 12, 243.

Markson, L., Diesendruck, G., & Bloom, P. (2008). The shape of thought. Developmental Science, 11, 204-208.

Birch, S. A. J., Vauthier, S. A., & Bloom, P. (2008). Three- and four-year-olds spontaneously use others' past performance to guide their learning. Cognition, 107, 1018-1034,

Preissler, M. A. & Bloom, P. (2008). Two-year-olds use artist intention to understand drawings. Cognition, 106, 512-518.

Hood, B. M. & Bloom, P. (2008). Children prefer certain individuals over perfect duplicates. Cognition, 106, 455-462.

Nurmsoo, E. and Bloom, P. (2008). Preschoolers' perspective taking in word learning: Do they blindly follow eye gaze? Psychological Science, 19, 211-215.

Hamlin, J. K.; Wynn, K.; & Bloom, P. (2007). Social evaluation by preverbal infants. Nature, 450, 557-559

Egan, L.; Santos, L. R.; & Bloom, P. (2007). The origins of cognitive dissonance: Evidence from monkeys and children. Psychological Science, 18, 978-983.

Bloom, P. (2007). More than words: A reply to Malt and Sloman. Cognition, 105, 649-655.

Gelman, S. A. & Bloom, P. (2007). Developmental changes in the understanding of generics. Cognition, 105, 166-183.

Birch, S. & Bloom, P. (2007). The curse of knowledge in reasoning about false beliefs. Psychological Science, 18(5), 382–386.

Bloom, P. & Weisberg, D. S. (18 May 2007). Childhood origins of adult resistance to science. Science, 316(5827), 996-997.

Preissler, M. A. & Bloom, P. (2007). Two-year-olds appreciate the dual nature of pictures. Psychological Science, 18, 1-2.

Bloom, P. (2007). Religion is natural. Developmental Science, 10, 147-151.

Bloom, P. & Jarudi, I. (26 October 2006). The Chomsky of morality? [Review of the book Moral Minds: How Nature Designed Our Universal Sense of Right and Wrong]. Nature, 443, 909-910.

Bloom, P. (6 July 2006). Changing our minds [Review of the book Brain and Culture: Neurobiology, Ideology, and Social Change]. Nature, 442, 27-28.

Bloom, P. (2006). My brain made me do it. Journal of Culture and Cognition, 6, 209-214.

Skolnick, D. & Bloom, P. (2006). What does Batman think about SpongeBob? Children’s understanding of the fantasy/fantasy distinction. Cognition, 101, B9-B18.

Bloom, P. (2005). Word learning, intentions, and discourse. Journal of the Learning Sciences, 14, 311-314.

Bloom, P. (14 Jul 2005). Dissecting the right brain [Review of the book The Ethical Brain]. Nature, 436, 178-179.

Choe, K.; Keil, F.; & Bloom, P. (2005). Children's understanding of the Ulysses conflict. Developmental Science, 8, 387-392.

Bloom, P. (2004). Can a dog learn a word? Science, 304, 1605-1606.

Bloom P. (2004). Children think before they speak. Nature, 430, 410-411.

Birch, S. & Bloom, P. (2004). Understanding children's and adult's limitations in mental state reasoning. Trends in Cognitive Science, 8, 255-260.

Kuhlmeier, V.; Bloom, P.; & Wynn, K. (2005). Do 5-month-old infants see humans as material objects? Cognition, 94, 95-103.

Gutheil, G.; Bloom, P.; Valderrama, N.; & Freedman, R. (2004). The role of historical intuitions in children's and adults' naming of artifacts. Cognition, 91, 23-42.

Birch, S. A. J. & Bloom, P. (2003). Children are cursed: An asymmetric bias in mental state attribution. Psychological Science,14, 283-286

Diesendruck, G.; Markson, L.; & Bloom, P. (2003). Children's reliance on the creator's intent in extending names for artifacts. Psychological Science, 14, 164-168.

Diesendruck, G. & Bloom, P. (2003). How specific is the shape bias? Child Development, 74, 168-178.

Kuhlmeier, V.; Wynn, K.; & Bloom, P. (2003). Attribution of dispositional states by 12-month-olds. Psychological Science, 14, 402-408.

Pizarro, D. & Bloom, P. (2003). The intelligence of the moral emotions: A comment on Haidt (2001). Psychological Review, 110, 293-296.

Pizarro, D.; Uhlmann, E.; & Bloom, P. (2003). Causal deviance and the attribution of moral responsibility. Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, 39, 653-660.

Bloom, P. (2002). Mindreading, communication, and the learning of the names for things. Mind and Language, 17, 37-54.

Wynn, K.; Bloom, P.; & Chiang, W-C. (2002). Enumeration of collections by 5-month-old infants. Cognition, 83, B55-B62.

Birch, S. & Bloom, P. (2002). Preschoolers are sensitive to the speaker's knowledge when learning proper names. Child Development, 73, 434-444.

Bloom, P. & Markson, L. (2001). Are there principles that apply only to the acquisition of words? A reply to Waxman and Booth. Cognition, 78, 89-90.

Bloom, P. & Keil, F. (2001). Thinking through language. Mind and Language.16, 351-367

Bloom, P. (2001). Precis of "How children learn the meanings of words". Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 24, 1095-1103.

Bloom, P. (2001). Word learning. Current Biology, 11, R5 - R6.

Bloom, P. (2000). Language and thought: Does grammar makes us smart? Current Biology, 10, R516-R517.

Bloom, P. & German, T. (2000). Two reasons to abandon the false belief task as a test of theory of mind. Cognition, 77, B25-B31.

Gelman, S. A. & Bloom, P. (2000).Young children are sensitive to how an object was created when deciding what to name it. Cognition, 76(2), 91-103.

Giralt, N. & Bloom, P. (2000). How special are objects? Children's reasoning about objects, parts, and holes. Psychological Science, 11, 497-501.

Bloom, P. & Veres, C. (1999). The perceived intentionality of groups. Cognition, 71, B1-B9.

Bloom, P. (1999). Language capacities: Is grammar special? Current Biology, 9, R127-R128.

Bloom, P. & Markson, L. (1998). Capacities underlying word learning. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 2(2), 67-73.

Bloom, P. & Markson, L. (1998). Intention and analogy in children's naming of pictorial representations. Psychological Science, 9, 200-204.

Markson, L. & Bloom, P. (1997). Evidence against a dedicated system for word learning in children. Nature, 385, 813-815.

Bloom, P. & Wynn, K. (1997). Linguistic cues in the acquisition of number words. Journal of Child Language, 24, 511-533.

Bloom, P. (1997). Intentionality and word learning. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 1(1), 9-12.

Bloom, P. (1996). Intention, history, and artifact concepts. Cognition, 60, 1-29.