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Luc P. Beaudoin’s Home Page at SFU

October 13th, 2009


I will move my academic presence in early 2015 because SFU is shutting down its Wordpress service.

I have been adding my publications to Research Gate:


I am currently co-authoring a new paper on insomnia. We also have several research projects in the works on the cognitive shuffle that I will announce in more detail soon.

I also have resumed an active research program in emotion regulation. My Ph.D. research was part of the the Cognition and Affect project (University of Birmingham, England, with Prof. Aaron Sloman), which modeled affective states and processes. My new book, Cognitive Productivity: Using Knowledge to Become Profoundly Effective, extends and applies the prior Cognition and Affect project.

I work on broad Cognitive Science. I.e., 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 (hint: it’s also affective cognitive science), such as the following:

  • 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).

I am Adjunct Professor at the Faculty of Education.

My Ph.D. is in cognitive science from the University of Birmingham, England. Prof. Aaron Sloman was my Ph.D. thesis supervisor (at Sussex and University of Birmingham). 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 exist valuation, Tundra Semiconductor Corporation and Abatis Systems Corp. (several billion $ combined valuation) in only a few years.

The new framework for my research is described in my new book, Cognitive Productivity: The Art and Science of Using Knowledge to Become Profoundly Effective .

An app based on my invention of the cognitive shuffle is mySleepButton.

I am a bilingual Canadian (French /English).