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.