image of Steven Pinker Steven Pinker, a native of Montreal, received his B.A. from McGill University in 1976 and his Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard in 1979. After teaching at Harvard and Stanford Universities, he moved to MIT in 1982, where he is currently Professor in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences and Director of the McDonnell-Pew Center for Cognitive Neuroscience. He has studied many aspects of language and of visual cognition, with a focus on language development in children. He has received research prizes from the National Academy of Sciences and the American Psychological Association and a teaching prize from MIT. His 1994 book, The Language Instinct, was named among the ten best books of 1994 by the New York Times and other newspapers, and won prizes from the American Psychological Association and the Linguistics Society of America. His latest book, How the Mind Works, won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize in Science and the APA's William James Book Prize, and was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics' Circle Award. Pinker has also written for Time, The New Yorker, and other magazines.