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SOLUTIONS CATALOG

Social psychological interventions are often easy and inexpensive to implement, and yet make big changes in people’s behavior. The SPARQ Solutions Catalog is designed to help policymakers, educators, nonprofit leaders, and other practitioners quickly learn about these interventions so that they may consider applying them in their own work. Search our growing catalog for solutions to problems in:

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Problem

In math and science, women and girls trail behind their male peers. 

Solution

Teaching girls that intelligence is a skill they can develop over time, rather than a trait they are born with, helps them earn higher grades in math...

Problem

Teens are notoriously intolerant of people who do not think, act, or look like them.

Solution

When just one teen stands up to prejudice, his or her peers often follow suit…

Problem

More than one-third of American kids are overweight or obese, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.  Junk food drives part of this obesity epidemic.

Solution

Storybooks that teach kids why they need different nutrients lead them to choose healthier snacks. 

Problem

Many promising students earn bad grades their first year of college.

Solution

Informing college freshmen that many first-years stumble, but then do better, helps them pull up their GPAs...

Problem

People who value equality fail to support the civil rights movement. 

Solution

Making people aware that their values and behaviors do not align motivates them to change their ways...

Problem

Routine stresses and traumatic life events like a divorce make us more prone to illness.  

Solution

Writing about upsetting experiences makes us happier and healthier...

Problem

Even the most prepared students of color have worse grades and health than their European-American classmates.

Solution

When African Americans are reassured that they belong in school,  their grades and health improve...

Problem

How can police departments quickly and cheaply lower the crime rates of entire neighborhoods?

Solution

Stamping out minor mischief like public drunkenness and fixing blights like broken windows reduces serious crimes...

Problem

We are often uneasy around people of other races.

Solution

Befriending just one person of a different race lowers anxiety and prejudice and makes it easier to cross racial boundaries in the future... 

Problem

People with low self-esteem feel less love from their partners and have more trouble in relationships.   

Solution

Teaching people with low self-esteem to interpret their partner’s compliments as deep and enduring, rather than as shallow and fleeting, helps them feel loved and act better in their relationships...

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