Steven Pinker

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Department of Psychology
Harvard University

Selected Articles in Academic Journals and Books

•Michel, J.-B., Shen, Y. K., Aiden, A. P., Veres, A., Gray, M. K., The_Google_Books_Team, Pickett, J. P., Hoiberg, D., Clancy, D. ,Norvig, P., Orwant, J., Pinker, S.,  Nowak, M., & Lieberman-Aiden, E.  (2011). Quantitative analysis of culture using millions of digitized books.  Science, 331, 176-182.
•Lee, J. J. & Pinker, S. (2010) Rationales for indirect speech: The theory of the strategic speaker. Psychological Review, 117, 785-807.
•Huang, Y.-T., & Pinker, S. (2010) Lexical semantics and irregular inflection. Language and Cognitive Processes, 25, 1-51.
•Pinker, S. (2010) The cognitive niche: Coevolution of intelligence, sociality, and language. Proceedings of hte National Academy of Sciences USA, 107, 8893-8999.
•Sahin, N. T., Pinker, S., Cash, S. S., Schomer, D., & Halgren, E. (2009) Sequential processing of lexical, grammatical, and articulatory information within Broca’s area. Science, 326, 445-449.
•Pinker, S. Nowak, M. A., & Lee, J. J. (2008) The logic of indirect speech. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA, 105(3), 833-838.
•Berent, I. & Pinker, S. (2008) Compound formation is constrained by morphology: A reply to Seidenberg, MacDonald, & Haskell. The Mental Lexicon, 3 , 176-187.
•Pinker, S. (2007) The evolutionary social psychology of off-record indirect speech acts. Intercultural Pragmatics, 4(4), 437-461.
•Pinker, S. (2007) Toward a consilient study of literature (review of J. Gottschall & D. Sloan Wilson, "The Literary Animal: Evolution and the Nature of Narrative"). Philosophy and Literature, 31, 161-177.
•Berent, I. & Pinker, S. 2007 The Dislike of Regular Plurals in Compounds: Phonological Familiarity or Morphological Constraint? The Mental Lexicon, 2, 129-181.
•Sahin, N., Pinker, S., Halgren, E. (2006) Abstract Grammatical Processing of Nouns and Verbs in Broca's Area: Evidence from fMRI. Cortex, 42, 540-562.
•Pinker, S. (2006) The Blank Slate. General Psychologist, 41(1), 1-8.
•Berent, I., Pinker, S., Tzelgov, J. , Bibi, U., & Goldfarb, L. (2005) Computation of Semantic Number from Morphological Information. Journal of Memory and Language, 53, 342-358.
•Jackendoff, R. & Pinker, S. (2005) The nature of the language faculty and its implications for evolution of language (Reply to Fitch, Hauser, & Chomsky) Cognition, 97(2), 211-225.
•Pinker, S. & Jackendoff, R. (2005) What's special about the human language faculty? Cognition, 95(2), 201-236.
•Pinker, S. (2005) So How Does the Mind Work? Mind and Language, 20(1), 1-24.
•Pinker, S. Interview in Current Biology. Nov. 9, 2004.
•Pinker, S. (2004) Why nature & nurture won't go away. Dædalus.
•Pinker, S. (2004) Clarifying the logical problem of language acquisition. Journal of Child Language, 31, 949-953.
•Pinker, S. (2003) Language as an adaptation to the cognitive niche. In M. Christiansen & S. Kirby (Eds.), Language evolution: States of the Art. New York: Oxford University Press.
•Pinker, S. & Ullman, M. (2002) The past and future of the past tense. Trends in Cognitive Science, 6, 456-463.
•Berent, I., Pinker, S., & Shimron, J. (2002) The nature of regularity and irregularity: Evidence from Hebrew nominal inflection. Journal of Psycholinguistic Research, 31(5), 459-502.
•Berent, I., Pinker, S., & Shimron, J. (1999) Default nominal inflection in Hebrew: Evidence for mental variables. Cognition, 72, 1-44.
•Pinker, S. (1998) Obituary: Roger Brown. Cognition, 66, 199-213.
•Pinker, S. (1998) Words and rules. Lingua, 106, 219-242.
•Ullman, M., Corkin, S., Coppola, M., Hickok, G., Growdon, J. H., Koroshetz, W. J., & Pinker, S. (1997) A neural dissociation within language: Evidence that the mental dictionary is part of declarative memory, and that grammatical rules are processed by the procedural system. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 9, 289-299.
•Pinker, S., Prince, A. (1996) The Nature of Human Concepts/Evidence from an Unusual Source. Communication & Cognition, Nr.3/4, 307-362.
•Cave, K., Pinker, S., Giorgi, L., Thomas, C., Heller, L., Wolfe, J. & Lin, H. (1994) The Representation of Location in Visual Images Cognitie Psyhcology, 26, 1-32.
•Prasada, S. & Pinker, S. (1993) Generalizations of regular and irregular morphology. Language and Cognitive Processes, 8 , 1-56.
•Marcus, G., Pinker, S., Ullman, M., Hollander, M., Rosen, T., Xu, F. & Clahsen, H. (1992) Overregularization in language acquisition. Monographs of the Society for Research in Child Development, 57, i+iii+v+vi+1-178.
•Gropen, J., Pinker, S., Hollander, M. & Goldberg, R. (1991) Affectedness and Direct Objects: The role of Lexical Semantics in the Acquistion of Verb Arguement Structure. Cognition, 4, 153-195.
•Pinker, S. (1991) Rules of Language. Science, 253, 530-535.
•Kim, J., Pinker, S., Prince, A. & Prasada, S. (1991) Why no mere mortal has ever flown out to center field. Cognitive Science, 15, 173-218.
•Tarr, M. & Pinker, S. (1990) When does human object recognition use a viewer-centered reference frame? Psychological Science, 1, 253-256.
•Gropen, J., Pinker, S., Hollander, M., Goldberg, R. & Wilson, R. (1989) The Learnability and Acquistion of Dative Alternation in English Language, 65, 203-195.
•Finke, R., Pinker, S. & Farah, M. (1989) Reinterpreting Visual Patterns in Mental Imagery Cognitive Science, 13, 51-78.
•Pinker, S., Lebeaux, S. & Frost, L.A. (1987) Productivity and Constraints in the Acquisition of the Passive Cognition, 26, 195-267.
•Pinker, S. (1979) Formal Models of Language Learning Cognition, 7,217-283.

Selected Articles in Magazines and Newspapers

Mind over Mass Media. New York Times, June 10, 2010.
•Malcolm Gladwell, Eclectic Detective
. New York Times Book Review, Nov. 15, 2009.
Think Again. Playboy, July, 2009.
Oaf of Office. New York Times, Jan. 22, 2009.
My Genome, Myself. New York Times Sunday Magazeine, Jan 11, 2009.
High Five: My Five Favorite Cartoon Characters. Forbes, Oct. 2008.
A Life in Books. Newsweek, Oct. 27, 2008.
On My Mind: Steven Pinker on Swearing and Violence. Seed, Sept/Oct 2008.
Everything You Heard is Wrong (Op-Ed on Sarah Palin's debate language). New York Times, Oct. 4, 2008.
Steven Pinker on Al Bregman. New York Times Magazine, "The College Issue," Sept. 21, 2008.
•Freedom's Curse: Why Washington's Crusade Against Swearing on the Airwaves is F*cked Up. The Atlantic, November 2008.
The Stupidity of Dignity. The New Republic, May 28, 2008.
Dating, Swearing, Sex and Language: A Conversation with Questions between Steven Pinker and Ian McEwan. Areté: The Arts Tri-Quarterly, 24, Winter 2007.
The Moral Instinct, New York Times Sunday Magazine, Jan. 13, 2008.
Crazy Love, Time, Jan. 17, 2008.
•My Week, The Observer, Oct. 13, 2007.
What the F***, The New Repulic, Oct. 3, 2007.
How do we Come up with Words? The Los Angeles Times, Sept. 30, 2007.
Words Don't Mean What They Mean, Time, Sept. 7, 2007.
Why We Love Sunsets (and Other Cliches) Popular Photography, Aug 2007.
In Defense of Dangerous Ideas Chicago Sun-Times, July 15, 2007
Strangled by Roots: The Genealogy Craze in America The New Republic, Aug. 6, 2007.
The Known World: Review of The Canon New York Times, May 27, 2007
A History of Violence The New Republic, Mar. 19, 2007.
The Mystery of Conciousness Time, Jan. 19, 2007.
Review of George Lakoff's "Whose Freedom?," The New Republic, Sept. 30, 2006.
Of Chicks and Frogs Forbes, July 21, 2006.
The Lessons of the Ashkenazim: Groups and Genes The New Republic, June 17, 2006.
Yes, Genes Can Be Selfish The Times, March 4, 2006.
College Makeover: The Matrix, Revisited Slate Magazine, November 16, 2005.
Can you Believe in God and Evolution? Time, August 7, 2005.
Sniffing Out the Gay Gene New York Times, May 17, 2005.
The Science of Gender and Science: A Conversation with Steven Pinker and Elizabeth Spelke Science Center B, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Apr. 22, 2005. Click here for a transcript and streaming audio and video.
Excerpt from debate with UK Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks The Independent, March 23, 2005.
The Science of Difference The New Republic, Feb. 14, 2005. Supporting references from the scientific literature
Interview in The Harvard Crimson on Lawrence Summers' remarks on gender The Harvard Crimson, Jan. 19, 2005.
The Evolutionary Psychology of Religion Presented at the annual meeting of the Freedom from Religion Foundation, Madison, Wisconsin, Oct. 29, 2004.
How to Think About the Mind Newsweek, Sept. 27, 2004.
The Seed Salon (with Rebecca Goldstein) Seed, Summer 2004.
Dangerous Minds, Lethal Machines: Why I Chose 2001 The Guardian, The Science Fiction Issue, August 26, 2004.
Letter on 9/11 and Perceptions of Risk Skeptical Inquirer, 2003.
Better Babies? Boston Globe June 6, 2003.
How To Get Inside a Student's Head New York Times, Jan. 31, 2003.
Are Your Genes to Blame? Time, Jan. 20, 2003.
Debating Human Happiness with Martin Seligman and Robert Wright, Slate Magazine, Oct. 15, 2002.
Sibling Rivalry Boston Globe Ideas section, Oct. 13, 2002.
Talk of Genetics and Vice-Versa Nature, Oct. 2001.
Decoding the candidates New York Times, Oct. 31, 2000.
Review of J. Glover's "Humanity: A Moral History of the 20th Century," New York Times Book Review, Oct. 29, 2000.
Life in the Fourth Millennium Technology Review, May/June 2000.
Eulogy for Stephen Jay Gould Time, May 27, 2002.
Survival of the Clearest Nature, 404, 441-442.
Will the Mind Figure out How the Brain Works? Time, April 3, 2000.
The Irregular Verbs Landfall, March 2000.
There Will Always be an English New York Times, Dec. 24, 1999.
Regular Habits Times Literary Supplement, Oct. 29, 1999.
Horton Heared a Who! Time, Nov. 1, 1999.
His Brain Measured Up New York Times, June 24, 1999.
The Seven Wonders of the World Convocation Address, Faculty of Science, McGill University, June 7, 1999.
Racist Language, Real and Imagined New York Times, February 2, 1999.
Listening Between the Lines New York Times, October 7, 1998.
Reply to Ahouse and Berwick The Boston Review, Summer issue, 1998.
Presidents Behaving Badly The New Yorker, February 9, 1998.
How Much Art Can the Brain Take? The Independent on Sunday, February 7, 1998.
Can a Computer Be Conscious? US News and World Report, August 18/25, 1997.
The Brain's Versatile Toolbox Natural History, 106, September, 1997.
Against Nature Discover, October 1997.
Evolutionary Psychology: Letter on Stephen Jay Gould's 'Darwinian Fundamentalists' New York Review of Books, October 9, 1997.
Chasing the Jargon Jitters Time, November 13, 1995.
Grammar Puss The New Republic, January 24, 1994.
The Game of the Name New York Times, April 3, 1994.