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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, April 20, 2018

In collaboration with the US Partnership on Mobility from Poverty and the Urban Institute, SPARQ has assembled social psychological scales that measure not only people's economic success, but also their sense of power and feeling valued in their community.

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.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

At a meeting of Stanford social psychologists and advocates of universal basic income (UBI), conversations about the cultural challenges, presentation, and evaluation of this controversial policy yielded insights for people trying to make it a reality.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Stanford SPARQ: Social Psychological Answers to Real-world Questions and Illumen Capital are conducting original research to address the lack of gender and racial diversity in the financial services industry.

Monday, April 24, 2017
Infographic displaying the belief of trusting wisdom and doubting innovation
Many economic development programs fall short because they don’t adequately account for cultural differences. SPARQ Graduate Affiliate Catherine Thomas is trying to improve economic development efforts by leveraging cultural psychology. Here are some cultural psychological insights for economic development...
Tuesday, August 2, 2016
A handful of coins sprouting a new plant.

SPARQ faculty co-directors Jennifer Eberhardt and Hazel Markus hosted a SPARQ Research Clinic in late July with a diverse group of faculty, investors, and professionals focused on the role of bias in impact investing. Impact investing refers to funding entrepreneurs with social and environmental causes, in addition to generating financial returns.

Friday, December 4, 2015
Anti-immigration march in Riesa, Germany, September 9 2015. Fabrizio Bensch/REUTERS

SPARQ Research Scientist Sarah Lyons-Padilla set out to study why some Muslims in the United States are drawn to radical movements. Her findings, published in The Conversation and reprinted in The Washington Post and Quartz, reveal why homeland security policies that exclude Muslims are counterproductive. The discovery that several of the Paris attackers were European nationals has fueled concern about Muslim immigrants becoming radicalized in the West. Some politicians have expressed views that the best way to avoid homegrown terrorists is to shut the door. The refugee migration debate turned even more contentious after authorities found a Syrian passport...