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SOLUTIONS CATALOG

The SPARQ Solutions Catalog helps practitioners apply social psychological insights to their work in:

Women taking notes in a classroom

Problem

The stereotype that women are bad at science leads many of them to underperform in their courses.

Solution

A short writing task about treasured personal values deflects harmful stereotypes and helps women reach their full potential.

Several 100 Rupee bills laid on a table

Problem

Many sex workers in India enter the profession to avoid poverty but then are shunned from society and can’t access financial resources. 

Solution

Improving how sex workers think of their profession helps them plan for the future and save more.

Mixed-race women's volleyball team

Problem

People from different cultural groups often dislike and discriminate against one another.

Solution

When people from different social groups think of each other as belonging to one larger group, they like each other more.

Two people in suits riding up escalator

Problem

People sometimes lie to get ahead.

Solution

Adding moral quotes to e-mail signatures primes recipients to act more honestly.

Tip jar at a bar

Problem

Employees in the service industry often feel emotionally drained.

Solution

Emotional management techniques and diary-writing improve employee performance on the job and lead to better tips from customers.

Teacher sitting in front of classroom full of students

Problem

School suspensions set students up to enter the school-to-prison pipeline, leading to unemployment and incarceration later in life (Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology).

Solution

Taking an empathetic, rather than punitive, approach to classroom discipline reduces suspensions and improves student-teacher relationships. 

Man laying on the ground in need of help

Problem

People often turn a blind eye to others in need. 

Solution

Reduce time pressure to get people to help. 

Eyes peering over a Harry Potter book

Problem

People develop prejudice at a young age.

Solution

Reading about fictional characters who show empathy for marginalized groups helps children become more empathetic in real life. 

Person's hand grabbing a cookie

Problem

People misbehave when no one is looking. 

Solution

People behave better when they feel they’re being watched. 

Black man's hands up, in left hand "don't" is written, in right "shoot"

Problem

Although Black men make up only 6% of the U.S. population, they are the victims of 40% of unarmed fatal police shootings.

Solution

Training people not to rely on Black stereotypes can save lives...

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