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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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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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Musicians Are Better Multitaskers

New research from Canada finds trained musicians more efficiently switch from one mental task to another.

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For Preschoolers, Spite and Smarts Go Together

New research from Germany finds greater cognitive skills are associated with more spiteful behavior in children.

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She’s Cheating on Him, You Can Tell Just by Watching Them

New research suggests telltale signs of infidelity emerge even in a three- to five-minute video.

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That Arts Degree Is Paying Off

A survey of people who have earned degrees in the arts find they are doing relatively well, although their education didn’t provide much guidance on managing a career.

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Personality Traits Linked to Specific Diseases

New research finds neurotic people are more likely to suffer a serious health problem.

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Green Surroundings Linked to Higher Student Test Scores

New research on Massachusetts schoolchildren finds a tangible benefit to regular exposure to nature.

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Better Team Chemistry Through Sexual Assault?

Research sheds light on the origins of hazing and suggests it may be losing its effectiveness as homophobia declines.

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Planning to Do Good Tomorrow Gives Us Permission to Be Bad Today

The mere thought of doing a socially responsible deed at a later date can give people license to bring out their inner bigots.

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Our Problematic Belief in the Magical, Mystical Negro

New research finds white Americans are more likely to attribute superhuman attributes to blacks than to their fellow whites.

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The ‘Unseen Wounds’ of Child Emotional Abuse

New research suggests it is just as toxic as sexual abuse.

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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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