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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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A Blood Clot in the Brain, and an Artist Is Born

The strange case of an accountant who began to furiously paint after a suffering a brain hemorrhage supports a two-step theory of creativity.

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To Intensify an Experience, Bring a Friend

New research finds shared experiences are heightened, even when the people involved aren’t communicating with one another.

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Savor Extraordinary Experiences, Feel Worse Afterward

Harvard researchers find painful feelings of social exclusion are the unexpected price one pays for having amazing adventures.

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Give Us This Day Our Daily Brands

Researchers find identifying with brand-name products reduces religiosity.

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Midlife Neuroticism Linked to Alzheimer’s Disease in Old Age

New research from Sweden suggests that the personality dimension is connected to who ultimately suffers from late-in-life dementia.

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The Link Between Depression and Terrorism

A new study from the United Kingdom finds a connection between depression and radicalization.

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The Dark Side of Empathy

New research finds the much-lauded feeling of identification with another person’s emotions can lead to unwarranted aggressive behavior.

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A Sense of Purpose Increases Comfort With Ethnic Diversity

White Americans who feel a sense of purpose in their lives are better able to accept coming demographic changes.

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Let’s Watch the Video—and Confirm Our Prejudices

New research finds viewing a video of an ambiguous incident does not necessarily lead to more objective assessments of guilt and innocence.

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Fifty Shades of Meh

New research refutes the notion that reading the Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy strongly impacts women’s sexual behavior.

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You’re Going to Die! So Buy Now!

New research finds inserting reminders of our mortality into advertisements is a surprisingly effective strategy to sell products.

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Carbon Taxes Really Do Work

A new study shows that taxing carbon dioxide emissions could actually work to reduce greenhouse gases without any negative effects on employment and revenues.

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The Danger of Dining With an Overweight Companion

There’s a good chance you’ll eat more unhealthy food.

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Why Original Artworks Move Us More Than Reproductions

Researchers present evidence that hand-created artworks convey an almost magical sense of the artist’s essence.

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The Strong Symbolic Power of Emptying Pockets

Researchers find the symbolic act of emptying a receptacle can impact our behavior, and not for the better.

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The Scent of a Conservative

We are attracted to the body odor of others with similar political beliefs, according to new research.

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Atheists Seen as a Threat to Moral Values

New research attempts to pinpoint why non-believers are widely disliked and distrusted.

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Big Government, Happy Citizens?

You may like to talk about how much happier you’d be if the government didn’t interfere with your life, but that’s not what the research shows.

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Comfort Food Is a Myth

New research finds that, contrary to our beliefs, such foods don’t have any special ability to improve our moods.

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Yes, I’m a Good Person. But Did You Hear About Her?

A new study tracks how people experience moral issues in everyday life.

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The Motivating Power of Women Senators

New research finds female voters get more informed and engaged in politics if they’re represented by a woman in the U.S. Senate.

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The Bonding Power of Shared Suffering

Australian researchers find sharing painful experiences creates feelings of solidarity.

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Tax Subsidies Can Improve Health

New research finds a clear link between better health and tax subsidies for charitable giving.

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The Downside of Giving Every Student a Laptop

A new study looks at the effects of access to a home computer on the test scores of middle school students.

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Put Down That Artificially Sweetened Soda

New psychological research provides clues as to why consuming such drinks can actually lead to weight gain.

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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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