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SOLUTIONS CATALOG

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

Two women holding bags of goods

Problem

It's hard to change people's behavior.

Solution

Changing the behaviors of an entire group of people can be easier than changing just one person at a time...

Image of letter that reads: I'm giving you these comments because I have very high expectations and I know that you...

Problem

College students often earn mediocre grades.

Solution

Helping college students understand that intelligence is a skill they can develop over time, rather than a talent they were born with, causes their GPAs to rise...

Collage of faces of different ages, races, and ethnicities

Problem

Prejudice and discrimination make life hard for many people around the world.

Solution

Showing that other groups are made up of diverse individuals reduces prejudice and discrimination...

Dried and cracked soil

Problem

Even during droughts, many Americans guzzle water. In dry California, for example, some cities use more than four times as many gallons of water than do their neighbors. 

Solution

Discovering they are hypocrites prompts people to turn off the tap...

"Nice job A' written on bottom of student's paper

Problem

African-American students tend to receive lower grades, partly because they distrust school and their teachers.

Solution

When teachers tell African-American students, “I have high standards, and I know you can meet them,” they build their students’ trust and help them excel...

Scan of brain

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...

A group of gay-straight alliance students hold a banner in a pride parade

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…

A girl studies

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...

Group of civil rights protestors

Problem

People who value equality fail to support civil rights. 

Solution

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

Man's hands writing with a pen

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...

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