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.
Stanford SPARQ just released 10 toolkits that use social psychology to help people take on the world's most pressing problems, but the organization isn't alone when it comes to turning science into solutions.
SPARQ's director of health, Alia Crum, explained the origins of mindsets and their effect on people's physical health in her talk at the World Economic Forum, "The science of how mindset transforms the human experience."
A Stanford psychology experiment demonstrates that what a bystander says shapes not only what we think about a product, but also how our bodies respond to it. Healthcare providers and patients may use this finding to enhance the effectiveness of medical treatments, suggest the authors of the study, which was published on Nov. 22 in PLOS ONE.
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.
Congratulations to SPARQ Health Director Alia Crum, who just received a National Institutes of Health (NIH) New Innovator Award. The award supports "exceptionally creative, early-career investigators who propose innovative, high-impact projects."