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 points to a possible precursor to America's suicide and opioid epidemics.
In a recent study, the behavior most strongly linked to a negative recommendation was abandonment.
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New research suggests that sexual minorities are particularly vulnerable to dependency on these drugs.
A survey of youths at high risk of suicide found that half had watched at least one episode of the Netflix series.
New research suggests that practicing Bach and Beethoven can build up the brain.
New research finds that our response to a projected temperature rise differs depending on the scale we use.
A Cornell University government scholar warns that false claims of voter fraud have dangerous long-term implications.
People who don't believe scientists will listen to George Clooney.
New research presents evidence of the long-term impact of direct action.
A different type of post-election analysis finds an aesthetic divide in the United Kingdom.
So are dogmatic and delusion-prone people, according to new research.
New research pinpoints how the desire for excitement inspires support for violent extremism.
Violence driven by racial or religious hatred is as American as apple pie, according to a cultural anthropologist who has studied the white-power movement.
New research finds higher levels of philanthropy in ideologically homogeneous areas.
New research finds a majority of Americans are tired of political polarization, and are looking for compromise.
New research finds overall feelings toward the religious minority did not dampen in the aftermath of two major terrorist attacks.
New research finds it's an effective way to step into the shoes of someone less fortunate.
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.