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.
New research finds that marketing messages that are inconsistent with our values can lead us to view a food product as less healthy.
A new study suggests that passing the Golden Arches on your way to or from work can be destructive to your diet.
New research finds a link between intimate-partner homicides and the per-capita number of gun dealers in an urban county.
New research finds certain green behaviors are linked with masculine and feminine stereotypes.
New research finds that a growing number of seniors are drinking too much, too often.
The results suggest that our nation's polarization is spiritual as well as political.
New research finds Germans are less likely to help a hijab-wearing Muslim woman, but this bias fades if she demonstrates agreement with the national consensus that littering is bad.
A new study of non-black hospital residents finds those experiencing symptoms of burnout show higher levels of racial bias.
New Australian research finds that, when a neighborhood's green space leads to better health outcomes, it's the canopy of trees that provides most of the benefits.
A new study finds that residents of states with higher levels of gun ownership are more likely to be shot to death by a family member or intimate partner.
Americans who live in states with higher rates of infectious diseases are more likely to hold racist views.
Putting on a uniform impacts some people's mindset and behavior in problematic ways.
A new study shows that some gender stereotypes have shifted significantly over the decades, while others remain stubbornly in place.
New research suggests the nature of workplace harassment, and the way women respond to it, are both changing.
New research finds the stereotype of a racist cop decreases officers' sense of moral authority, which may make them more likely to resort to coercive tactics.
A new study finds that immigrants from our neighbor to the south are learning English and regularly interacting with non-Mexicans at higher rates than in previous decades.
New research suggests that whites tend to view biracial Americans as attractive misfits.
A new analysis suggests that Democrats should be worried about turnout in 2020.
A new study finds that the percentage of kindergartners in the state without up-to-date vaccinations dropped from nearly 10 percent in 2013 to under 5 percent in 2017.
New research finds that an Asian American who presents as gay signals that he or she is fully invested in American culture.
It's possible that watching people perform sex acts can lead us to dehumanize others.
Research on 112,000 Canadian students finds that high schoolers who took more music courses did better in math, science, and English.
Timely new research reveals that, in televised debates, producers give some candidates a more favorable visual treatment than others—and in 2016, the big winner was Donald Trump.
New research suggests that men tend to aim their sexual harassment at women they perceive as less powerful.
But even in "low-discrimination countries," white applicants still fare better in job interviews, according to new research.
An innovative new study suggests that the benefits of employment should be shared widely, even in a future where jobs are scarce.
A new study finds increased rates of cigarette use among 11th- and 12th-graders in states that passed laws against affirmative action.
New research casts doubt on the trendy diagnosis of "hopelessness."
Kindness is its own good—but it can also bring health benefits.
A big new report debunks a number of generational clichés about Millennials—but emphasizes the economic struggles they still face.
New research finds that black sheriffs have different priorities from their white counterparts.
Women who sought but did not receive an abortion were in worse health five years later than peers who did get one, a new study finds.
Those rugged looks may be attractive, but a new study links them to anti-environmental attitudes.
New research finds that computers are most effective as teaching tools when used sparingly, and to teach kids at certain ages specific subjects.
New research suggests that environmental groups can persuade more people by focusing on a positive attitude toward climate action.
New research finds those fears in turn provoke racial bias and support for conservative policy positions.
New research finds that attendees at an adult expo are more likely to respect working mothers.
New research finds that social liberals who read about the phenomenon are subsequently less forgiving toward poor whites.
New research finds that an empowering message, emphasizing a person's potential to manage addictions, is much more helpful.
New research finds that white Americans are more likely to hold unconscious biases against black Americans if their home region was once heavily dependent on slavery.
Giving consumers an idea of what a can or glass might be transformed into makes them far more likely to recycle it.