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.
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Donald Trump used Saturday Night Live's harsh parodies to his own advantage.
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One tragedy appears to have inspired others.
A critical look at the research suggests its benefits are less than advertised.
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New research offers leftists a clever way to appeal to those on the right.
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New research suggests Trump's anti-immigrant message kick-started his campaign.
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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 the stereotype that intellectual genius is a male trait can dampen females' interest in certain jobs or fields of study.
The way we mentally process the unexpected may be a key to creativity.
Our deep-seated desire to conform to social norms can override ideologically based skepticism.
Post-tragedy talk of gun control spurred many Americans to buy new weapons. Some died as a result.
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