Stories by Tom Jacobs

Tom Jacobs is a veteran journalist with more than 20 years experience at daily newspapers. He has served as a staff writer for the Los Angeles Daily News and the Santa Barbara News-Press. His work has also appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and Ventura County Star. subscribe to Tom Jacobs's feed

Posted on: Jun 10, 2010, Source:

The perception that a politician is hungry for power apparently lessens support for female, but not male, candidates.

Posted on: Jun 7, 2010, Source:

Brain-scan research suggests celebrity faces evoke specific happy memories, and those positive feelings rub off on the products they endorse.

Posted on: Apr 26, 2010, Source:

How the tendency to grab a quick bite at Burger King could affect other areas of life.

Posted on: Apr 20, 2010, Source:

Newly published research on belief in ESP suggests a public disregard for -- and perhaps even hostility toward -- the scientific consensus.

Posted on: Apr 9, 2010, Source:

New research suggests sexual objectification hinders some women’s cognitive ability.

Posted on: Dec 22, 2009, Source:

Does absurdist literature make you smarter? Giraffe carpet cleaner, it does!

Posted on: Nov 19, 2009, Source:

Thanks to lots of research (and, of course, to Jim Henson's genius), Sesame Street continues to aid in early childhood development.

Posted on: Nov 16, 2009, Source:

In a recent study, prejudiced people were more likely to support the health plan when it was linked to Bill Clinton, than when it was linked to Obama.

Posted on: Aug 26, 2009, Source:

A landmark experiment suggests reverse aging needn't be relegated to the realm of science fiction.

Posted on: Jun 30, 2009, Source:

Studies show that the current economic climate may be eroding months or even years from the lives of those on the bleeding edge of insecurity.

Posted on: May 20, 2009, Source:

Perfectionism, as a way of life, tends to be self-defeating. New research suggests it may also be deadly.

Posted on: May 14, 2009, Source:

New study finds that, even accounting for intelligence, income prospects are enhanced by being good-looking.

Posted on: Apr 24, 2009, Source:

Liberals and conservatives have highly different moral priorities. And we have to understand them if we want to accomplish anything.

Posted on: Dec 11, 2008, Source:

New research shows sugar addiction is real. Lab rats coming off it exhibit some of the same behavior as junkies in need of a fix.

Posted on: Dec 7, 2008, Source:

Two new studies point to a wonderful way to ward off Alzheimer's disease and other forms of age-related memory loss.

Posted on: Nov 17, 2008, Source:

Two recent studies conducted in two very different settings reveal a disturbing anti-Muslim bias among students.