2015 Research Cohort
Bringing Purpose to Healthy Eating
Christopher Bryan (University of Chicago) and David Yeager (University of Texas at Austin)
This project utilizes a brief curriculum to target adolescents’ pro-social purpose as a means to increase adolescent self-control. By exploring the way that food companies target young people for unhealthy food choices, the intervention seeks to motivate adolescents to employ self-control in order to resist this marketing and make better food choices.
Gratitude as a Trigger of Self-improvement in Adolescents
Sonja Lyubomirsky (University of California, Riverside)
This study investigates building gratitude, through the use of letter writing, testimonials, and reflections, as a mechanism for self-improvement in 9th and 10th graders.
Learning to Tell a Better Story
Mesmin Destin (Northwestern University)
This study teaches adolescents to reframe the way they think about their personal narratives to construe past challenges as redemption stories, building pro-social purpose and gratitude, and improving academic outcomes.
Lifting the Bar
Jennifer Eberhardt (Stanford University) and Greg Walton (Stanford University)
This project employs a brief social belonging intervention in which adolescents involved in the juvenile justice system write or record messages to other young people in the juvenile justice system and to teachers in order to: a) Grow grit and pro-social purpose in high school students transitioning back to school from the juvenile justice system; and b) Increase likelihood of successful school re-entry and persistence.
Picture This! Framing Purpose & Bringing Gratitude into Focus
Laura McKee (University of Georgia) and Sara Algoe (University of North Carolina)
This intervention seeks to increase gratitude in 9th graders through the use of digital picture taking, sharing, and savoring. This study combines positive psychology (gratitude) with cognitive bias modification to foster student growth.
The goal of the Bridging Research and Practice RFP is to translate evidence-based research into effective classroom interventions. Character Lab will fund two-year school-based research projects focused on character development. Projects are awarded grants to cover the cost of their research, along with support to build meaningful school connections.Learn more about our Research Process