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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.

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

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."

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.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
SPARQ Health Director Alia Crum

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.

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.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
SPARQ health director Alia Crum
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."
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
SPARQ Graduate Fellow Kari Leibovitz

SPARQ graduate fellow Kari Leibowitz describes how our mindsets and environments shape our eating habits.

Monday, September 21, 2015
Person texting on a cell phone
SPARQ worked with a non-profit organization, Citizen Insights, to survey low-income Californians about their experiences with the state's health benefit exchange. The survey tool? Text messages.
Friday, December 20, 2013
The Policy Lab
The Stanford Law and Policy Lab is joining forces with SPARQ on our Be the Donor project, whose purpose is to increase the number and diversity of blood marrow donors. Blood marrow from anonymous donors can mean the difference between life and death for people suffering from blood cancers. And so the Policy Lab and SPARQ are working with Delete Blood Cancer (DBC), the world's largest stem cell donor center, to create and test at least one social psychological intervention...