Barry Schwartz (psychologist)

Barry Schwartz (born August 15, 1946) is an American psychologist. Schwartz is the Dorwin Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action at Swarthmore College. He frequently publishes editorials in The New York Times applying his research in psychology to current events. Schwartz's research addresses morality, decision-making and the inter-relationships between science and society. His books criticize modern western society, illuminating the underlying psychological plagues of our time.

Schwartz at TED 2009




A select number of his works are available online.


  • Why We Work, Simon & Schuster/TED, 2015. (ISBN 9781476784861)[1]
  • The Paradox of Choice: Why More Is Less, Ecco, 2004. (ISBN 0-06-000568-8, ISBN 0-06-000569-6)
  • Psychology of Learning and Behavior, with Edward Wasserman and Steven Robbins
  • The Costs of Living: How Market Freedom Erodes the Best Things in Life, Xlibris Corporation, 2001. (ISBN 0-7388-5251-1)
  • Learning and Memory, with Daniel Reisberg
  • The Battle for Human Nature: Science, Morality and Modern Life
  • Behaviorism, Science, and Human Nature, with Hugh Lacey, W. W. Norton & Company, 1983. (ISBN 0-393-01585-8)
  • Practical Wisdom, with Kenneth Sharpe, Riverhead, 2010, (ISBN 978-1594487835)


  1. ^ "Why We Work". Simon & Schuster. Simon & Schuster. Retrieved 12 November 2015.

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