Synergy in Basic and Applied BSSR

The "Impact Thinking" research framework builds research-to-practice pipelines via collaborative, transdisciplinary strategizing

To make truly groundbreaking discoveries that translate into changes in policy and practice, researchers and practitioners across diverse disciplines need a common process for discovering, evaluating, refining, replicating, and scaling successful neuroaesthetics interventions. Beyond a theoretical frame, this work needs an organizing mechanism that facilitates collaboration across disciplines and organizes key data sets, measures, findings, and experts for the field.


"Impact Thinking" offers this mechanism, and is available for broad uptake across disciplines and research questions. Impact Thinking was designed to build open-source capacity and expertise, as well as a research-to-practice pipeline for innovative, cross-disciplinary efforts--ultimately focused on impact. Developed in collaboration with an interdisciplinary team of nearly three dozen scientists and practitioners, "Impact Thinking":

- Creates a common language and translational framework for multidisciplinary work

- Can be used to improve or evaluate existing programs / interventions as well as build and test new programs and interventions

- Engages broad, multidisciplinary teams

- Is designed to move research to practice faster, and with more fidelity

- Includes a strong focus on communication and dissemination throughout the research project


Impact Thinking makes the translational scientific process inclusive, relevant and actionable. It moves beyond studies that begin and end in a lab to solve real-world, urgent problems and pave a path for broad implementation. (Two current RQs that are using Impact Thinking: "How can playing music ease the symptoms of Parkinson's disease?" "How can architecture and design reduce chronic stress in the workplace?")

The process begins with an open and inclusive problem identification process--engaging a broad, interdisciplinary team in collaborative discovery. It then pairs scientists and practitioners to conduct evaluations together, and emphasizes dissemination beyond academic publishing–targeting practitioners to spread and scale best practices.

The 8 steps of Impact Thinking include:

1. Problem identification

2. Collaborative discovery

3. Hypothesis

4. Research design

5. Research implementation

6. Analysis

7. Refine-Retest-Recommend

8. Dissemination & Scaling

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