Tom Jacobs is a senior staff writer at 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.
White Americans hold many negative stereotypes about undocumented workers.
An evolutionary leftover makes it hard to convince people to shift to a vegetarian diet.
Political scientist Francis Fukuyama argues we can only heal our national divisions with a new, creed-based American identity.
In describing political preference, "right" and "left" may be more than a metaphor.
New research finds alcohol consumption is higher in chapters where members are expected to assert their masculinity.
Research suggests threats from Capitol Hill can make key justices skittish about overturning popular legislation.
Research finds voters in these heavily Republican areas are less likely to support obscure office-seekers with feminine-sounding names.
Cognitively speaking, there may be no way to recover from a disadvantaged childhood.
New research reveals Asian Americans are more than twice as likely to be appointed chief executive if a company is in decline.
New National Endowment for the Arts research finds arts attendance is rising, but remains below 2002 levels.
Serena Williams is not alone in having grounds to suspect bias.
New research argues Republicans' us-vs.-them attitude gave the GOP an advantage by heightening party solidarity.
Access to nature appears to provide kids with a specific cognitive advantage.
But only if they are structured in a way that deemphasizes users' partisan identities.
New research finds it does reduce public support for law enforcement.
New research finds females still make up a minority of the onscreen population, but they are depicted more often in leadership roles.
A second study links use of the social media platform with lower political knowledge.
New research suggests a culture of bias is a bigger problem than individual racist officers.
New research suggests male physicians are less successful at treating female patients.
A new study finds African Americans on reality television are more likely to be both the victim and perpetrator of verbal aggression.
New research suggests neighborhood-level diversity can reduce perceived threat, but regional diversity has the opposite effect.
New research suggests they have more mature ideas about how real-world relationships work.
A new study finds promoting the philosophy can solidify the belief there are deep-seated, unalterable differences between races.
Kissing up to the boss takes a toll on employees' self-control.
New research finds that fused identity apparently produces a predisposition toward authoritarianism and support for punitive punishments.