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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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Your Unconscious Mind Is Better Than You Are at Detecting Lies

New research suggests that if we could push aside the biases of our conscious minds, we’d be better at spotting dishonesty.

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Placing Hand Over Heart Promotes Honesty

Polish researchers find a simple gesture not only conveys the impression of honesty, but also prompts more truthful replies.

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Playing Make-Believe While Black

Are preschool teachers influenced in their evaluations of young children by race?

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Thinking Racist Thoughts? The Problem Might Be Your Video Game Avatar

New research finds that, among white players of violent video games, black avatars arouse racist feelings.

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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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Quick Studies

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.

To Make Friends, Autistic Kids Need Advice—and Space

Kids with autism need help when it comes to making friends—but they also need their independence.

Gaming the Wedding Gift Registry System

Registering for your wedding? Keep your must-have items away from the average price of your registry—they’re unlikely to be purchased.

The Big One

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