Susan Pinker

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Susan Pinker
Born Montréal, Québec, Canada
Residence Montreal
Citizenship Canadian
Fields Clinical psychologist/Developmental psychologist
Institutions Dawson College, McGill University
Alma mater McGill University
Known for The Sexual Paradox
Notable awards William James Prize

Susan Pinker is a Canadian psychologist, journalist and broadcaster. Her newspaper columns, Problem Solving and The Business Brain, on the psychology and neuroscience of the business world, appeared weekly in Canada’s national newspaper, The Globe and Mail from 2002-2012, while her radio documentaries aired monthly on the CBC. Her first book, The Sexual Paradox, was awarded The William James Book Award by the American Psychological Association in 2009, and was published in 17 countries. Susan Pinker’s ideas have been featured in the New York Times, The Times of London, The Globe and Mail, The Economist, The Financial Times, The Today Show, Oprah Magazine, and Der Spiegel, among other publications. Her new book, The Village Effect, published on August 26th, 2014, was one of Apple’s best nonfiction picks for August.


Pinker was educated at McGill University and the University of Waterloo, after which she spent 25 years in clinical practice and teaching psychology, first at Dawson College, then at McGill University.


Her 2008 book, The Sexual Paradox, was awarded The William James Book Award by the American Psychological Association in 2009.

Her writing has been recognized in awards from the Canadian Medical Association (2000), the Periodical Writing Association of Canada (2002, 2010), and she has been nominated for the John Alexander Media Award (2000), the Aventis Pasteur Medal for Excellence in Health Research Journalism (1999), the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award (2007), and the BC National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction (2009).

In 2014 Susan was given the Holden Award by the International Society for Intelligence Research, and will be a Poynter Fellow in Journalism at Yale University.

The Business Brain[edit]

The Business Brain column applies the latest evidence from the fields of neuroscience, behavioral economics and social psychology to the world of business. It appears every Monday in The Globe and Mail.

The Sexual Paradox[edit]

Pinker's book, The Sexual Paradox: Men, Women and the Real Gender Gap, takes a hard look at how fundamental sex differences play out in the workplace. By comparing fragile boys who later succeed, with high achieving women who opt out, Pinker turns several assumptions upside down: that the sexes are biologically equivalent, that smarts are all it takes to succeed and that men and women have identical interests and goals. After decades of women's educational coups and rising through the ranks, men still outnumber women in business, physical science, law, engineering and politics. In explaining this ratio, Pinker’s stance is that discrimination plays just a bit part. If the majority of children with school and behavioral problems are boys, then why do so many overcome early obstacles, while rafts of high achieving women choose jobs that pay less or opt out at pivotal moments in their careers?

The Village Effect[edit]

Pinker's next book, The Village Effect: How Face-To-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier and Happier, explored how our social bonds, face-to-face contact, and networks affect our thinking, learning and happiness, and survival such as resilience and longevity. It was released on August 26, 2014 by Random House in Canada, Spiegel and Grau in the US, Atlantic Books in the UK, and Book21 in Korea.

Reviews: The Sexual Paradox[edit]

1. The Economist, April 17, 2008. 'Vanilla Is Not the Only Flavour'.

2. Washington Post, April 13, 2008. 'Women's Work'.

3. The New York Post, March 30, 2008. 'Women's Liberation - Equality Means Choosing the Job You Really Want'.

4. The New York Times Book Review, March 9, 2008. 'Hormones, Genes and the Corner Office'.

5. The Times, April 28, 2008. 'The Glass Ceiling in Women's Heads'.

Personal life[edit]

Pinker is married and has three children. She lives in Montreal.[1] She is the sister of evolutionary psychologist Steven Pinker.


  1. ^ "About this Book". Retrieved 15 June 2010. 

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