Professor Steven Pinker
Department of Psychology
Named one of Time Magazine's 100 most influential people in the world in 2004 and one of Prospect and Foreign Policy's 100 top public intellectuals in 2005, Dr. Pinker conducts research on visual cognition and the psychology of language and has earned prizes from the National Academy of Sciences and the American Psychology Association. He has also received many awards for his teaching at MIT and for his books How the Mind Works (which was also a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize) and The Language Instinct. He is an elected fellow of several scientific societies, associate editor of Cognition, and a member of the usage panel of the American Heritage Dictionary. He has written for The New York Times, Time, The New Yorker, The New Republic, Slate and Technology Review.