Tom Jacobs is the senior staff writer of Pacific Standard, where he specializes in social science, culture, and learning. He is a veteran journalist and former staff writer for the Los Angeles Daily News and the Santa Barbara News-Press. Through interviews, reviews, and essays, he has tracked and analyzed trends in the arts and sciences, with an emphasis on psychology, the role of culture, and the cultivation of creativity. A native of Chicago, Jacobs earned his bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism from Northwestern University.
Both punk bands and student groups produce more innovative work if they contain a mix of married and single people.
The debate over the potentially troubling effects of these massively popular games continues.
New research finds studied slipperiness on the issues can help candidates for office—depending on their race.
Australian researchers find the experience changes students' personalities—for the better.
New research identifies yet another prejudice faced by women running for office.
In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers link voting trends to a specific personality trait.
Robert Sapolsky reveals the biological basis for our most unfortunate traits—and insists change is possible.
Thoughts of death inspire us to cling more tightly to the beliefs that give our lives meaning—including our ideological stances.
Research suggests other forms of gun control constitute an ineffective response.
New research suggests it creates a cognitive reserve the brain can utilize when other regions start to decay.
Donald Trump used Saturday Night Live's harsh parodies to his own advantage.
Researchers found fraternity membership lowers a student's grade-point average by 0.25 points (on a four-point scale), but increases future income by 36.2 percent.
One tragedy appears to have inspired others.
A critical look at the research suggests its benefits are less than advertised.
References to sex have increased in pop music over the decades, even as actual sexual behavior among adolescents has declined.
New research finds medical students who enjoy music and art have qualities that make them better, and less-stressed, doctors.
New research suggests Trump's anti-immigrant message kick-started his campaign.
New research suggests we aren't born bigots. Racial prejudice is something we learn.
New research explains why you look so good in that selfie you took at Yellowstone National Park.
Our hormones appear to influence our musical preferences.
New research finds third-graders are more attentive after experiencing a class taught on the lawn.
New research finds aging people are treated more fairly if they are identified as older workers rather than Baby Boomers.