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Tom Jacobs

Tom Jacobs
Staff writer 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.

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Cultural Activities Help Seniors Retain Health Literacy

New research finds a link between the ability to process health-related information and regular attendance at movies, plays, and concerts.

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Are Women More Open to Sex Than They Admit?

New research questions the conventional wisdom that men overestimate women’s level of sexual interest in them.

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Nudging Drivers, and Pedestrians, Into Better Behavior

Daniel Pink’s new series, Crowd Control, premieres tonight on the National Geographic Channel.

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In 2001 Study, Black Celebrities Judged Harshly in Rape Cases

When accused of rape, black celebrities were viewed more negatively than non-celebrities. The opposite was true of whites.

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Standing Up for My Group by Kicking Yours

Members of a minority ethnic group are less likely to express support for gay equality if they believe their own group suffers from discrimination.

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Gays Rights Are Great, but Ixnay on the PDAs

New research suggests both heterosexuals and gay men are uncomfortable with public same-sex kissing.

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High School Music Groups Grapple With Gender Gap

New research finds consistently higher numbers of girls compared to boys in high school bands, orchestras, and choirs.

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For Many, Behavior Changes as a ‘Big’ Birthday Approaches

New research finds a lot of people who are approaching a new decade in life ponder the meaning of existence, and go looking for answers.

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12 Minutes to Avoiding Temptation

New research finds brief mindfulness training can make that slice of pie, or inappropriate partner, less appealing.

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Coastal Cognizance of Climate Change

People who live closer to the shore are more likely to believe in climate change and to support regulation of carbon emissions.

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White Americans Draw Distinctions Between African-Americans and Blacks

New research suggests the racial labels conjure up very different images.

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Viewing God as Masculine Impacts One’s View of Gay Marriage

A new study finds thinking of God as a “he” has wide implications.

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Assertions of Scientific Certainty Are Greeted With Skepticism

New German research suggests the public is wary of statements suggesting a scientific debate has been closed.

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Say It Loud: I’m an Atheist, and I’m Proud

New research finds perceived discrimination may lead people to intensify their identity as atheists.

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If It’s Good Enough for the Supreme Court…

A research team looks into how Iowa’s legalization of gay marriage in 2009 affected the views of registered voters.

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Dislike Abstract Art? Try It Again With a Less-Cluttered Mind

Italian researchers pinpoint a psychological factor that helps determine our reaction to non-representational artworks.

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Feelings of Entitlement Boost Creativity

New research finds a link between feeling entitled, valuing innovation, and thinking creatively.

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Relax, Your Sexual Fantasies Aren’t All That Strange

New research finds we indulge in a wide variety of erotic fantasies.

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The Positive Emotional Impact of Sad Music

A new multinational survey suggests listening to melancholy music has multiple rewards.

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The Power of Third Person Plural on Support for Public Policies

Researchers find citizens react differently to policy proposals when they’re framed as impacting “people,” as opposed to “you.”

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He’s Definitely a Liberal—Just Check Out His Brain Scan

New research finds political ideology can be easily determined by examining how one’s brain reacts to disgusting images.

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Racial Resentment Drives Tea Party Membership

New research finds a strong link between tea party membership and anti-black feelings.

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The Study of Science Leads to Leftward Leanings

Researchers report the scientific ethos tends to produce a mindset that favors liberal political positions.

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Why It’s Wise to Gamble First, Eat Later

New research finds hungry people faced with complex choices make better decisions.

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Why We Gossip: It’s Really All About Ourselves

New research from the Netherlands finds stories we hear about others help us determine how we’re doing.

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Geography, Race, and LOLs

The online lexicon spreads through racial and ethnic groups as much as it does through geography and other traditional linguistic measures.

Feeling—Not Being—Wealthy Cuts Support for Economic Redistribution

A new study suggests it's relative wealth that leads people to oppose taxing the rich and giving to the poor.

Sufferers of Social Anxiety Disorder, Your Friends Like You

The first study of friends' perceptions suggest they know something's off with their pals but like them just the same.

Standing Up for My Group by Kicking Yours

Members of a minority ethnic group are less likely to express support for gay equality if they believe their own group suffers from discrimination.

How Old Brains Learn New Tricks

A new study shows that the neural plasticity needed for learning doesn't vanish as we age—it just moves.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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