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Luc P. Beaudoin’s Home Page at SFU

October 13th, 2009


I will move my academic web presence in early 2015 because SFU is migrating away from Wordpress.

I have been adding my publications to Research Gate:https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Luc_Beaudoin3/contributions


I address theoretical, empirical and practical aspects of affective psychology and education from a Cognitive Science (information processing) perspective.

My research aims to be helpful to psychologists and other mental health professionals, adult self-directed learners, and educators.

I like to address hard problems that involve the interplay of many mental mechanisms, including consciousness. I explain what I mean by “broad” cognitive science in my book, Cognitive Productivity. My work focuses mainly on:

  • cognitive productivity and meta-effectiveness (abilities and propensities to use knowledge to become more effective),
  • productive practice (deliberate practice, test-enhanced learning with technology),
  • cognitive solutions to insomnia (e.g., serial diverse imagining, the cognitive shuffle, super-somnolent mentation),
  • affective dimensions of attention (quelling perturbance [tertiary emotions] and other mental distractions), and
  • affective cognitive science (processing of goals and other motivators; autonomous agent architectures, including design-based AI, emotion regulation).

Current doings. I am currently co-authoring a new paper on affective aspects of insomnia. I am collaborating with three different universities on research about the cognitive shuffle (a technique I developed to decrease sleep onset latency), which I expect to lead to several papers. I am developing a new theory, interventions for, and software to study emotion regulation.

I am Adjunct Professor of Cognitive Science and Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Education. (I also do R&D in cognitive science as head of CogZest and CogSci Apps Corp.)

Bio: My Ph.D. research was part of the the Cognition and Affect project (University of Birmingham, England. I was jointly supervised by Prof. Aaron Sloman (Computer Science) and Glyn Humphreys (Psychology). Prof. Margaret Boden of Sussex University was my Ph.D. examiner. I was Assistant Professor of Military Psychology and Leadership at the Royal Military College of Canada. I was also an at-founding employee of two of Canada’s most successful high tech startups, as measured by exit valuation: Tundra Semiconductor Corporation and Abatis Systems Corp.. I am a bilingual Canadian (French /English).

The framework for my research is described in my new book, Cognitive Productivity: The Art and Science of Using Knowledge to Become Profoundly Effective. This book can also be used to help psychologists help their clients transfer therapeutic knowledge.

CogSci Apps Corp. published an app based on my invention of the cognitive shuffle: mySleepButton.