Paul Bloom (born December 24, 1963) is a 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.
Bloom was born in to a Jewish family in Montreal, Quebec. 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.
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 scientific journal Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
Bloom is married to the psychologist Karen Wynn, a noted infant researcher who is also a Professor of Psychology and Cognitive Science at Yale University. They have two sons.