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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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Food for Thought: WIC Works

New research finds participation in the federal WIC program, which subsidizes healthy foods for young children, is linked with stronger cognitive development and higher test scores.

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Should Movies Be Rated RD for Reckless Driving?

A new study finds a link between watching films featuring reckless driving and engaging in similar behavior years later.

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Murder! Mayhem! And That’s Just the Cartoons!

New research suggests deaths are common features of animated features aimed at children.

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Another Casualty of the Great Recession: Trust

Research from Britain finds people who were laid off from their jobs expressed lower levels of generalized trust.

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Mating Mindset Interferes With Attempts to Stop Smoking

Taiwanese researchers find photos of attractive women put men in an immediate-gratification state of mind.

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Right- and Left-Wingers More Physically Active Than Centrists

New research from Europe finds those on the political extremes spend more time exercising than those in the middle.

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Brief Conversation Can Change Minds on Gay Marriage

New research finds speaking with an openly gay canvasser about the issue can produce a lasting shift in views.

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Stopping Campus Sexual Violence by Educating Men

An 11-week program that looks at both male privilege and the impact of sexual assault on women alters the mindset of male students.

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How the KKK Helped Create the Solid GOP South

Researchers present evidence that the Klan, in the 1960s, effectively moved working-class Southern whites into the Republican column.

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Can’t Stop Overeating? Try the Blue Light Special

New research suggests the perceived color of food influences how much a man is likely to eat.

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War Can Both Inspire and Inhibit Artistic Creativity

New research suggests its impact on artists depends in large part on the type of war it is.

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Facts? We Don’t Need No Stinking Facts!

When faced with facts that contradict our beliefs, we shift to relying on untestable assertions.

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Mindfulness Short-Circuits Reflexive Racial Bias

New research finds implicit bias can be tamed through the use of time-honored meditation techniques.

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Music Ensembles Help Immigrant Kids Integrate Into Society

German researchers report immigrant children who spent a year in student music ensembles fit in better with the mainstream culture.

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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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Don’t Text and Drive—Especially If You’re Old

A new study shows that texting while driving becomes even more dangerous with age.

Apparently You Can Bring Your Religion to Work

New research says offices that encourage talk of religion actually make for happier workplaces.

Canadian Kids Have a Serious Smoking Problem

Bootleg cigarette sales could be leading Canadian teens to more serious drugs, a recent study finds.

The Hidden Psychology of the Home Ref

That old myth of home field bias isn’t a myth at all; it’s a statistical fact.

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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