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: Sep 15, 2011, Source:

Canadian researchers find playing a musical instrument delays the onset of age-related hearing decline.

Posted on: Sep 9, 2011, Source:

A large-scale study suggests 9/11-related stress led to a major increase in health problems across the U.S.

Posted on: Jul 18, 2011, Source: Miller-McCune Magazine

A widely read 2009 study described a decline in self-reported well-being among American women. Newly published research finds this trend is also true for men.

Posted on: Jul 12, 2011, Source:

New research finds grocery shoppers who carry baskets are more likely to purchase unhealthy food than those pushing a cart.

Posted on: Jun 17, 2011, Source:

A new study shows how a macho conception of white masculinity leads to risky behavior among white males in Southern states.

Posted on: May 10, 2011, Source:

New research suggests white audiences tend to stay away from movies featuring minorities due to the assumption that the film “wasn’t made for me.”

Posted on: Apr 25, 2011, Source: Miller-McCune Magazine

People who see dark conspiracies everywhere are offering some interesting information — about themselves.

Posted on: Mar 30, 2011, Source: Miller-McCune Magazine

In "When the Killing’s Done," novelist T.C. Boyle once again examines humankind's conflicted attitudes toward the natural world.

Posted on: Mar 30, 2011, Source: Miller-McCune Magazine

Research from Hong Kong suggests that, among men, the impulses to make love and war are deeply intertwined.

Posted on: Mar 22, 2011, Source:

Instead of falling in love with his own image in a pond, today’s narcissist apparently gazes adoringly at his own Facebook profile.

Posted on: Mar 6, 2011, Source:

Widely accepted beliefs regarding men, women and short-term sexual encounters may be significantly off-base.

Posted on: Feb 7, 2011, Source: Miller-McCune Magazine

A new study shows that people who watched local TV news reports were likely to have a fatalistic attitude about cancer prevention.

Posted on: Jan 21, 2011, Source: Miller-McCune Magazine

White college students exposed to images of a Confederate flag judged a black person more harshly and expressed less willingness to vote for Barack Obama in 2008.

Posted on: Nov 22, 2010, Source:

A new study finds a strange link between terrorist fearmongering and the impulse for corporal punishment.

Posted on: Nov 7, 2010, Source:

A new study shows that the Puritans' value system may remain lodged deep in our psyches, shaping our emotions, judgments and behaviors.

Posted on: Oct 7, 2010, Source:

New research finds we trust experts who agree with our own opinions, suggesting that subjective feelings override scientific information.

Posted on: Aug 16, 2010, Source:

New research finds suppressing thoughts of smoking just increases the likelihood you’ll light up later on.

Posted on: Aug 9, 2010, Source:

Researchers find evolutionary logic behind the way we lay out our bedrooms.

Posted on: Jul 12, 2010, Source:

A new study suggests that attractive people may be at a disadvantage in certain workplace situations: specifically, if they are being evaluated by a member of the same sex.

Posted on: Jul 2, 2010, Source:

A new study suggests that 27 to 45-year-old women think more about sex and have more sex than women in other age groups.