Stories by Tom Jacobs

Tom Jacobs is a veteran journalist with more than 20 years experience at daily newspapers. He has served as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Daily News and the Santa Barbara News-Press. His work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Ventura County Star. subscribe to Tom Jacobs's feed

Posted on: Feb 27, 2014, Source: Pacific Standard

New research shows a surprising link between sloth and healthy eating.

Posted on: Feb 19, 2014, Source: Pacific Standard

That's the conclusion of a new Columbia University public health study comparing death rates with Americans' attitudes toward gay rights.

Posted on: Dec 6, 2013, Source: Pacific Standard

A provocative new study examines whether you can be fit and fat at the same time.

Posted on: Nov 18, 2013, Source: Pacific Standard

Exposure to fast-food logos lessens our ability to slow down and savor life’s pleasures.

Posted on: Nov 14, 2013, Source: Pacific Standard

We’re increasingly living in red or blue counties, cities, even neighborhoods.

Posted on: Oct 22, 2013, Source: Pacific Standard

New research suggests people with certain personality traits are more prone to dishonesty

Posted on: Oct 16, 2013, Source: Pacific Standard

Hot fun in the summertime: A new analysis suggests cheating spikes in the warmer months.

Posted on: Oct 16, 2013, Source: Pacific Standard

New research suggests women may make less-prudent financial decisions when they have sex on the mind.

Posted on: Apr 29, 2013, Source: Pacific Standard

Research suggests that even for committed non-believers, it’s difficult to totally erase the powerful idea of God from one’s psyche.

Posted on: Apr 2, 2013, Source: Pacific Standard

New research finds that mindfulness training leads to improved scores in tests of reading comprehension and working memory.

Posted on: Apr 1, 2013, Source: Pacific Standard

Heavy Facebook users are more likely than those who log on occasionally to react positively to racist remarks.

Posted on: Jan 23, 2013, Source: Pacific Standard

A Brown University political scientist has tracked the rise of a renewed alignment between political preference and “old-fashioned racism.”

Posted on: Dec 12, 2012, Source: Pacific Standard

How sexual stigma impacts both women and men.

Posted on: Sep 19, 2012, Source: Pacific Standard

Newly published research shows money makes a person less able to relate to the feelings of others.

Posted on: Jul 23, 2012, Source: Pacific Standard

Two studies of Virginia Tech students suggest a high likelihood of stress-related psychological symptoms following a mass shooting.

Posted on: Jul 11, 2012, Source: Pacific Standard

Two sets of researchers ask whether nonbelievers turn toward God after contemplating death.

Posted on: May 22, 2012, Source: Pacific Standard

Do you want to be a better person? First, get stressed out. And whatever you do, don’t go near organic food.

Posted on: Mar 20, 2012, Source:

New research suggests exposure to Tina Fey's impersonation of Sarah Palin in 2008 lowered voters' opinion of the candidate.

Posted on: Nov 23, 2011, Source:

Plenty of people are reviled for their religious beliefs. But a lack of faith seems to inspire even more intense antipathy.

Posted on: Oct 12, 2011, Source:

Newly published research suggests nuggets of misinformation embedded in a fictional television program can seep into our brains and lodge there as perceived facts.

Posted on: Sep 15, 2011, Source:

Canadian researchers find playing a musical instrument delays the onset of age-related hearing decline.

Posted on: Sep 9, 2011, Source:

A large-scale study suggests 9/11-related stress led to a major increase in health problems across the U.S.

Posted on: Jul 18, 2011, Source: Miller-McCune Magazine

A widely read 2009 study described a decline in self-reported well-being among American women. Newly published research finds this trend is also true for men.

Posted on: Jul 12, 2011, Source:

New research finds grocery shoppers who carry baskets are more likely to purchase unhealthy food than those pushing a cart.

Posted on: Jun 17, 2011, Source:

A new study shows how a macho conception of white masculinity leads to risky behavior among white males in Southern states.

Posted on: May 10, 2011, Source:

New research suggests white audiences tend to stay away from movies featuring minorities due to the assumption that the film “wasn’t made for me.”

Posted on: Apr 25, 2011, Source: Miller-McCune Magazine

People who see dark conspiracies everywhere are offering some interesting information — about themselves.

Posted on: Mar 30, 2011, Source: Miller-McCune Magazine

In "When the Killing’s Done," novelist T.C. Boyle once again examines humankind's conflicted attitudes toward the natural world.

Posted on: Mar 30, 2011, Source: Miller-McCune Magazine

Research from Hong Kong suggests that, among men, the impulses to make love and war are deeply intertwined.

Posted on: Mar 22, 2011, Source:

Instead of falling in love with his own image in a pond, today’s narcissist apparently gazes adoringly at his own Facebook profile.

Posted on: Mar 6, 2011, Source:

Widely accepted beliefs regarding men, women and short-term sexual encounters may be significantly off-base.

Posted on: Feb 7, 2011, Source: Miller-McCune Magazine

A new study shows that people who watched local TV news reports were likely to have a fatalistic attitude about cancer prevention.

Posted on: Jan 21, 2011, Source: Miller-McCune Magazine

White college students exposed to images of a Confederate flag judged a black person more harshly and expressed less willingness to vote for Barack Obama in 2008.

Posted on: Nov 22, 2010, Source:

A new study finds a strange link between terrorist fearmongering and the impulse for corporal punishment.

Posted on: Nov 7, 2010, Source:

A new study shows that the Puritans' value system may remain lodged deep in our psyches, shaping our emotions, judgments and behaviors.

Posted on: Oct 7, 2010, Source:

New research finds we trust experts who agree with our own opinions, suggesting that subjective feelings override scientific information.

Posted on: Aug 16, 2010, Source:

New research finds suppressing thoughts of smoking just increases the likelihood you’ll light up later on.

Posted on: Aug 9, 2010, Source:

Researchers find evolutionary logic behind the way we lay out our bedrooms.

Posted on: Jul 12, 2010, Source:

A new study suggests that attractive people may be at a disadvantage in certain workplace situations: specifically, if they are being evaluated by a member of the same sex.

Posted on: Jul 2, 2010, Source:

A new study suggests that 27 to 45-year-old women think more about sex and have more sex than women in other age groups.