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.
New research uses Joe Paterno to make a point.
New research finds a link between adolescent adversity and later-in-life pain.
New research suggests male justices are more receptive to appeals that line up with gender stereotypes.
New research finds men reminded of the notion of fatherhood express less-hostile political views.
New research finds that gay men and lesbian women are disproportionately represented in the anti-war and environmental movements.
A new study finds climate change skeptics are more likely to behave in eco-friendly ways than those who are highly concerned about the issue.
Learning how to stay focused in the present has beneficial long-term results.
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New research finds that, when evangelical organizations raise their profile by sponsoring a high-profile political campaign, a backlash ensues.
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Two new studies suggest Trump broadened the Republican Party's appeal by tapping into deep-seated anxieties and prejudices.
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A new analysis finds attitudes about gender and race were far better predictors of support for Trump than personal economic woes.
Chinese researchers demonstrate how high-tech tools can be used to harness the power of metaphor.
New research suggests those impassioned rallies and demonstrations may have had a positive impact.
Competitors of equal ability and status are more likely to engage in dangerous driving.
For many Americans, watching The Apprentice produced a faux feeling of closeness and trust with Donald Trump.
New research finds presenting them with actual numbers can change their behavior.
Latent authoritarianism is surprisingly common—and a threat to liberal democracy. Psychologist Karen Stenner explains how it is triggered.
The Harvard University psychologist argues humans have the capability to deal with the huge challenges we face. But will we? That's a different question.
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.
In a first-of-its-kind study, researchers link voting trends to a specific personality trait.