Luc P. Beaudoin’s Home Page at SFU
My Blog at SFU
My Blog at SFU
- Adjunct Professor of Cognitive Science
- Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Education.
( In the Private Sector:
- President of CogZest: Publications and training related to cognitive science.
- President of CogSci Apps Corp.: Software applications of cognitive science.
Academic web presence
- As of April 2015, my SFU-based academic web presence is mainly on this page. (SFU retired its wordpress installation, and with it blogs.sfu.ca/people/lpb and http://www.sfu.ca/education/cognitive_productivity/.)
- My scholarly blog posts are mainly on the CogZest blog. I intend to use the current SFU web site, however, as a platform for academic blogging in the future.
- I am concisely represented on the SFU Cognitive Science web site.
- I have web pages on the web site of the Faculty of Education of SFU.
- cognitive productivity and meta-effectiveness (abilities and propensities to use knowledge to become more effective — I am mostly interested in high functioning adults, particularly knowledge workers),
- productive practice (deliberate practice, test-enhanced learning with technology —here, again, I am mostly high functioning adults, particularly knowledge workers),
- sleep onset mentation and cognitive solutions to insomnia (e.g., serial diverse imagining, the cognitive shuffle, super-somnolent mentation),
- affective cognitive science (affective dimensions of attention, processing of goals and other motivators; perturbance/tertiary emotions; autonomous agent architectures, including design-based AI; emotion regulation).
I like to address hard problems in broad cognitive science that involve the interplay of diverse mental mechanisms. I explain what I mean by “broad” cognitive science in my book, Cognitive Productivity. I have argued that cognition and affect are not neither separate, nor merely intertwined, but blended.
I’m a productivity geek.
- I am currently extending my theory of insomnia and affective information processing at sleep onset.. Some new concepts: super-somnolent mentation, cognitive shuffle, serial diverse imagining.
- I am collaborating with other academics and CogSci Apps Corp. on research on the latter. (With Nancy Digdon at MacEwan we are comparing the cognitive shuffle/ serial diverse imagining with cognitive restructuring. With Les Gellis at Syracuse we will compare serial diverse imagining, cognitive refocusing and traditional (monotonous) imagery distraction. With Julie Carrier & Jessica Massicotte-Marquez at Université de Montréal we will compare serial diverse imagining with backward counting. The comparison involves SomnoTest, a branch of mySleepButton®.)
- I am also studying emotion regulation. The cognitive shuffle is an emotion regulation technique. I will present some new ideas about this at International Society for Research on Emotions (ISRE) 2015.
- I’m waiting to hear back from SSHRC about a grant proposal to “Assess and Enhance Knowledge Workers’ Meta-Documentation and Self-Testing”. That project is a continuation of my main R&D since 2001.
I am a bilingual Canadian (French/English).
- Adjunct Professor of Cognitive Science, Simon Fraser University.
- Co-founder, president CogSci Apps Corp.
2010-present: President of CogZest.
2010-present: Adjunct Professor of Education (Faculty of Education), Simon Fraser University
2002–2009: I was a Research Associate of Phil Winne’s for nearly 7 years. I led the software development teams of gStudy (the Learning Kit Project) and nStudy. These applications are designed to research and support self-regulated learning.
1995–2001: I was also an at-founding employee of two of Canada’s most successful high tech startups, as measured by their exit valuation: Tundra Semiconductor Corporation and Abatis Systems Corp.
1994–1995: I was a lecturer and then Ast. Prof. of Military Psychology and Leadership at the Royal Military College of Canada.
- Ph.D. in Cognitive Science. University of Birmingham, England. My Ph.D. research was part of the the Cognition and Affect project. I was jointly supervised by Prof. Aaron Sloman (Computer Science) and Glyn Humphreys (Psychology). Prof. Margaret Boden of Sussex University was my external Ph.D. examiner. My Ph.D. thesis was on Goal Processing in Autonomous Agents.
- I was an Honour’s Student of Prof. Claude Lamontagne. My honour’s thesis was A computational investigation of the evolution of vision. (See http://www.sfu.ca/~lpb/pubs.html.
You can read more about me on CogZest.
The framework for my research is described in my new book, Cognitive Productivity: Using Knowledge to Become Profoundly Effective. This book serves many purposes. It describes problems and opportunities adults face in processing knowledge and transforming themselves with it (i.e., “learning”). It presents broad cognitive science that is pertinent to the problem. It also presents very practical solutions to the problems. It describes ways of use information technology to improve cognitive productivity. The book can be used to potentiate bibliotherapy. It can also help psychologists help their clients transfer therapeutic knowledge.
I’ve got some other books in the works, and edited book projects in mind, but am in no hurry to finish them.
CogSci Apps Corp. published an app based on my invention of the cognitive shuffle: mySleepButton. This company, of which I am a founder, is also developing several apps to help people improve their cognitive productivity while working with knowledge resources.