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SOLUTIONS CATALOG

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

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...

Immigrants protest and march

Problem

In the last four decades, the worldwide immigrant population has more than doubled. Many native-borns view their new neighbors as outsiders, and so do not help them, which can lead immigrants to feel “culturally homeless.”

Solution

Showing native-borns how they are similar to immigrants inspires the former to offer aid to the latter.

Cartoon of a racially diverse jury

Problem

Racial disparities in the justice system disproportionately affect Blacks.

Solution

Juries make better decisions when they’re racially diverse.

Woman speaks to a room of people

Problem

People stress out about stress. 

Solution

Thinking about the benefits of stress can improve your response to stress... 

Calendar

Problem

Many people fail to reach their goals. 

Solution

To turn your ambitions into reality, make concrete and specific plans...

Problem

Diarrhea is the second leading cause of children’s death worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.

Solution

Changing people’s feelings about washing their hands with soap improves hygiene, which in turn reduces diarrhea...

Problem

Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in the Western world, and yet 25% of American teenagers have taken up tobacco.

Solution

Developing specific ways to refuse cigarettes helps teens resist the peer pressure to smoke...

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