Jesse Bering (born 1975) is an award-winning science writer. His "Bering in Mind" column at Scientific American was named a 2010 Webby Award Honoree. Bering's first book, The Belief Instinct (2011), was included on the American Library Association's Top 25 Books of the Year. This was followed by a collection of his previously published essays--the critically acclaimed Why Is the Penis Shaped Like That? (2012), and Perv (2013), a New York Times Editor's Choice. All three books have been translated into many different languages. A developmental psychologist by training, Bering is an expert in the field of cognitive science and religion, with over 50 publications in that discipline. He began his career at the University of Arkansas, as an Assistant Professor of Psychology from 2002-2006. He then served as the Director of the Institute of Cognition and Culture at the Queen's University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, where he was a Reader in the School of History and Anthropology until 2011. Presently, he is an Associate Professor of Science Communication at the University of Otago, New Zealand.