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SOLUTIONS CATALOG

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

Person asleep with a drink in their hand

Problem

The leading causes of death for adolescents in the United States are alcohol use and alcohol-related events.

Solution

Showing students that many of their peers are uncomfortable with alcohol reduces drinking...

People with emoticons on their heads

Problem

Using too much energy hurts the environment.

Solution

Including smiley and frowny face emoticons in people’s energy bills can lead entire neighborhoods to use less energy...

An organ donor

Problem

According to the American Transplant Foundation, 18 people die every day in the United States for want of an organ transplant, and some 122,344 people are waiting for a donated organ.

Solution

Changing U.S. policies so that people’s organs are automatically donated when they die—rather than requiring people to “opt in” to donating their organs while they are still alive—may lead to more organ donations and more lives saved...

Teen sitting in hallway with head down

Problem

Rejection by peers leads teens to act aggressively and feel down.

Solution

Teaching teens that everyone has the capacity to change decreases aggression and symptoms of depression following peer exclusion. If people can change, so too can social labels like “bully” and “loser"...

Woman looking at herself in mirror

Problem

People’s desire to see themselves in the best light prevents them from accurately perceiving risks to their health. 

Solution

Reassuring people that they are good helps them accept negative information about their health...  

A doctor shakes hands with a patient

Problem

Colonoscopies can prevent colon cancer, yet the painfulness of the procedure deters patients from screening.

Solution

Prolonging the painless final moments of a colonoscopy leads patients to recall the entire procedure as less painful, which in turn increases their willingness to undergo more screenings in the future...

Banana split

Problem

Obesity causes 300,000 deaths per year in the United States, according to the National Institutes of Health

Solution

When people use smaller dinnerware (plates, bowls, cutlery, etc.), they eat less...

Girl balancing a book on her head

Problem

Students who are the first in their families to attend college struggle to keep up with their classmates from college-going families.

Solution

Acknowledging first-generation college students’ unique needs and empowering them to take advantage of university resources helps them adjust to college and earn better grades...

Vegetable cartoon characters smiling and waving

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...

Condoms

Problem

More than 1 in 3 Americans have a sexually transmitted infection (STI), according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Solution

Pointing out people’s hypocrisy causes them to practice safer sex...

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