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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

The Surprising Power of Symmetry

New research finds people who read an article presented in a symmetrical format find it both more appealing and more relevant.

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Stress Increases Empathy in Women, Decreases It in Men

New research from Vienna finds a big gender gap in how we respond to stressful situations.

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Notion of Minority-Majority Nation Exacerbates White Racism

In a study, reminders that whites will soon lose their majority status in the U.S. triggers negative feelings toward minority groups.

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Sure, I Do Creative Work, but I’m No Artist

New research suggests the simple question “Are you a professional artist?” yields confusing, sometimes contradictory answers.

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Could Taxes on Alcohol Promote Economic Growth?

All of those hangovers could be costing the country a lot of workdays.

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Recipe for a Happy Life: Less Materialism, More Gratitude

New research finds materialistic people are less happy in large part because of their lack of gratitude.

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Are Great Actors Created in the Womb?

New research from Poland finds a connection between acting renown and prenatal exposure to testosterone.

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More Sleep Equals More Voters

A new analysis finds voter turnout increases when an election is held two days after the switch back to standard time.

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Who Loves His Master? Brain Scans Provide Clues to a Dog’s Inner Life

New research suggests a region of a canine brain that is associated with rewards is uniquely activated by the scent of a familiar human.

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Reading Literary Fiction Can Make You Less Racist

New research finds a compelling narrative can help us sidestep stereotypes.

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Simple Touch Can Reduce Racial Prejudice

New research points to the power of physical contact to counteract unconscious bias.

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Quick Studies

When a Romance Is Threatened, People Rebound With God

And when they feel God might reject them, they buddy up to their partner.

How Can We Protect Open Ocean That Does Not Yet Exist?

As global warming melts ice and ushers in a wave of commercial activity in the Arctic, scientists are thinking about how to protect environments of the future.

What Kind of Beat Makes You Want to Groove?

The science behind the rhythms that get you on the dance floor.

Pollution’s Racial Divides

When it comes to the injustice of air pollution, the divide between blacks and whites is greater than the gap between the rich and the poor.

Hunger and Low Blood Sugar Can Spur Domestic Quarrels

In an experiment, scientists found a correlation between low blood glucose and higher levels of spousal frustration.

The Big One

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