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Thursday, May 10, 2018

The online toolkits from Stanford SPARQ: Social Psychological Answers to Real-world Questions distill scientific research into step-by-step instructions and materials for driving psychological, behavioral, and societal change.

Friday, March 23, 2018

In the past 10 years, the Center for Employment Opportunities has placed more than 25,000 formerly incarcerated people into full-time jobs around the country. The organization wanted to know: How can it do better?

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

The journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences recognized SPARQ team members and other collaborators for their paper, "Language from police body camera footage shows racial disparities in officer respect."

Friday, December 22, 2017

It has been a busy year for SPARQ’s network of scientists, practitioners, staff, and students, with more and more organizations embracing our rigorous approach to augmenting their efforts.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Social psychological research suggests three tactics for opening conservative minds to stricter controls on firearms.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Research on morality, guns, and income inequality may help explain the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.

Thursday, September 28, 2017

As kneeling NFL players inspire conversations about race, SPARQ offers six evidence-based techniques to reduce disparities.

Thursday, November 3, 2016
Professor of Psychology and SPARQ Faculty Co-Director Jennifer Eberhardt

New research by SPARQ Faculty Co-director Jennifer Eberhardt shows that people not only hold biases toward people of color, but the spaces they inhabit as well. People rated Black places as more unpleasant, less desirable, and poorer compared to White places, and were more willing to expose residents of Black neighborhoods to pollution by placing chemical plants, freeways, and other undesirable pieces of infrastructure in or near Black spaces.

Saturday, October 15, 2016
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100% of Americans are targets of scams. Yet most people think that financial fraud affects only the elderly and believe that they themselves would never fall for it. In fact, millions of Americans of all ages fall victim to scams, with costs of some $50 billion a year....
Wednesday, June 15, 2016
SPARQ Scientists Release OPD Reports
In May of 2014, the City of Oakland engaged SPARQ researchers to examine race relations between the Oakland Police Department (OPD) and the Oakland community. Today, we released our findings in two reports. In the first, "Strategies for Change: Research Initiatives and Recommendations To Improve Police-Community Relations in Oakland, Calif.," we present evidence of pervasive racial discrimination in stops, searches, handcuffings, and arrests, as well as offer 50 recommendations for reforming police culture....