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Friday, September 25, 2015
Two police officers in front of a projection of the american flag
Do the police need to adopt a "warrior mentality" in order to be effective? Or might developing social understanding help officers better connect with their communities? SPARQ Affiliate Jamil Zaki profiled Sue Rahr, the executive director of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, about her non-traditional, empathy-focused training program...
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.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Jennifer Eberhardt Photo

SPARQ just learned that Faculty Co-Director Jennifer Eberhardt has won a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, also known as a "Genius Award," for her groundbreaking research on race, crime, and inequality, and her application of that research to criminal justice practice and policy.

"It was just such an amazing honor" to get the phone call announcing the award, Jennifer said in an interview. "I was just blown away, actually."

Wednesday, July 16, 2014
A mother helping her daughter learn to write

In her book The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother, Yale Law professor Amy Chua described the high-pressure parenting style common in much of East Asia and ignited an international debate: Do Tiger Moms really push their kids to excellence, or do they crush them with expectations?

Tuesday, January 5, 2016
old oakland bay bridge being torn down

Like many fields, social psychology struggles with a last-mile problem: Researchers do a great job of stocking academic warehouses (journals and conferences) with their wisdom, but fall short of covering the “last mile” to reach policymakers, educators, nonprofit leaders, and other practitioners. SPARQ aims to bridge the gap.

Monday, February 10, 2014
Stanford faculty director Jennifer Eberhardt
When Nalini Ambady joined the Stanford University Department of Psychology in 2011, she successfully lobbied for seed funding to start a new center. She wanted not just a think tank, but a “do tank” that would help policymakers, educators, and nonprofit leaders apply social psychology’s insights and methods to their work...
Monday, October 28, 2013
Nalini Ambady
SPARQ’s beloved founder and faculty director, Dr. Nalini Ambady, ended her long and brave battle with cancer the morning of October 28, 2013.
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...
Sunday, September 1, 2013

Social psychology is the scientific study of how people influence each other's thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Social psychologists use many different research methods, including experiments, surveys, and field studies. Although social psychologists do not treat individual patients in therapy, many are interested in helping people and organizations.