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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.

Recent articles

Frequent Liars Club

New research finds Brits fib a bit more than Americans, but that a small subset of the population tells most of the untruths in both countries.

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The Unfortunate Lesson of Kony 2012: Nuance Diminishes Outrage

Research undertaken as a video about an African warlord went viral suggests such a film can inspire moral anger—so long as it sticks to an oversimplified message.

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Leisure-Time Creative Endeavors Make for Better Employees

New research finds a link between off-hours creative activity and several measures of job performance.

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When Things Look Dark, Country Music Gets Sunnier

New research finds socioeconomic conditions impact the type of songs that become hits, but in opposite ways for pop and country music.

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Americans Intuitively Judge Atheists as Immoral

New research finds a link between disbelief and unethical behavior is strongly lodged in Americans’ minds.

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The Value of a Lucky Home Address

In greater Vancouver, how much you can get for a house depends in part on whether the street address ends with a “4″ or an “8.”

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Be Suspicious of Sexy Text Messages

New research suggests they often contain lies.

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The Not So Horrible Consequences of Reading Banned Books

A new study of Texas teens found no connection between reading edgy books and mental health issues or delinquent behavior.

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Half of Americans Believe at Least 1 Conspiracy Theory

New research suggests the belief in unseen plots is surprisingly widespread.

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Enjoy Life More: Use Facebook Less

Contrary to our expectations, using Facebook dampens our spirits, leaving us feeling like we’ve wasted time, according to new research.

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Quick Studies

What Makes You Neurotic?

A new study gets to the root of our anxieties.

Fecal Donor Banks Are Possible and Could Save Lives

Defrosted fecal matter can be gross to talk about, but the benefits are too remarkable to tiptoe around.

How Junk Food Companies Manipulate Your Tongue

We mistakenly think that harder foods contain fewer calories, and those mistakes can affect our belt sizes.

What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us About Public Health

Studies have shown that when public figures die from disease, the public takes notice. New research suggests this could be the key to reaching those who are most at risk.

Speed-Reading Apps Will Not Revolutionize Anything, Except Your Understanding

The one-word-at-a-time presentation eliminates the eye movements that help you comprehend what you're reading.

The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014