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Luc P. Beaudoin’s Home Page at SFU

October 13th, 2009

News:

I will move my academic presence in early 2015 because SFU is migrating 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 and interventions for 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 help psychologists with bibliotherapy. (Given that we are in a knowledge economy, many psychologists ought to be providing their clients with good literature —non-fiction and occasionally fiction—and tools to help them benefit from therapy. Simply recommending a book is rarely sufficient.)

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