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Tom Jacobs

 

Tom Jacobs is a staff writer for Pacific Standard magazine. 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.

 
 
  

Stories by Tom Jacobs

Articles: Suffering May Lead to Extreme Political Beliefs

By Tom Jacobs | February 9, 2017

According to a new study, experiencing adversity may contribute to politically polarized attitudes.

 

Articles: The Most (and Least) Empathic States of America

By Tom Jacobs | January 18, 2017

New research finds levels of empathy vary considerably from state to state — and living among empathic neighbors improves quality of life.

 

Articles: The Top 10 Insights from the “Science of a Meaningful Life” in 2016

By Kira M. Newman, Tom Jacobs, Mariah Flynn, Summer Allen, Jill Suttie, Jason Marsh, Jeremy Adam Smith, Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas | December 26, 2016

Our team names the most provocative and influential findings published during this past year.

 

Articles: People Who Feel Excluded Are Susceptible to Conspiracy Theories

By Tom Jacobs | October 27, 2016

New research provides a possible clue as to why so many Donald Trump supporters believe outlandish things.

 

Articles: Altruists Have More Sex

By Tom Jacobs | September 12, 2016

According to a new study, people who give more get more (if you know what we mean).

 

Articles: How Songs Help Children Bond

By Tom Jacobs | January 22, 2016

A new study suggests music plays a role in our early tendency to distinguish friend from foe.

 

Articles: Altruism is Sexy

By Tom Jacobs | January 15, 2016

In a new study, a kind heart trumps good looks—but the combination of both is the most desirable of all.

 

Articles: Evidence Mounts That Mindfulness Breeds Resilience

By Tom Jacobs | October 12, 2015

Researchers argue that's a major reason why the practice is so beneficial.

 

Articles: Watching TV Can Boost Emotional Intelligence

By Tom Jacobs | October 2, 2015

A new study finds that watching high-quality television dramas can increase our ability to read other people's emotions.

 

Articles: How Good Cheer Spreads Through Teen Social Networks

By Tom Jacobs | September 14, 2015

A new study finds that surrounding yourself with emotionally healthy friends is an effective way to avoid—or recover from—depression.

 

Articles: Is Facebook Building Political Bridges?

By Tom Jacobs | May 8, 2015

Two new studies defy conventional wisdom by finding that social media is exposing people to different ideas, not isolating them.

 

Articles: Are Conservatives Really Happier than Liberals?

By Tom Jacobs | March 16, 2015

Research has found that right-wingers report being happier than those on the left. But a new study calls that into question by measuring words and behavior.

 

Articles: Happier Tweets, Healthier Communities

By Tom Jacobs | February 2, 2015

New research finds that the number of heart disease deaths in a county can be predicted by analyzing the language its residents use on Twitter.

 

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