Geoff Cohen, Stanford University

Friday, September 29, 2017 - 12:00pm
A32 Princeton Neuroscience Institute

“Turning Point: Targeted, Tailored, and Timely Support”

Faculty Hosts: Johannes Haushofer & Emily Pronin


Social psychology highlights how brief interventions that address thoughts, perceptions, or feelings can have lasting benefits. This occurs when the interventions are targeted (the right person), tailored (receives the right support), and timely (at the right time).  Research is reviewed that shows how the confluence of these three factors improves achievement and health outcomes especially for marginalized populations. This conditional view of impact serves as a corrective to the one-size-fits-all, main-effect view that predominates in social policy. It also attempts to expand our view of intervention beyond a focus on the acquisition of assets to consider interactions between person and context.

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