Luc P. Beaudoin’s Papers / Publications

Papers recently accepted with revisions in progres

Lemyre, A., Bastien, C., Beaudoin, L. P. ([Submitted] January 2019). Pre-sleep cognitive activity: A review.

Sleep Medicine Reviews has replied to our foregoing submission, saying it might be acceptable pending revisions, which we will do.

Manuscripts in preparation

The following writing projects are nearly complete. I expect them to complete in 2019.

Beaudoin, L. P., Lemyre, A., Pudlo, M. & Bastien, C.. Somnolent information processing: Towards an integrative design-oriented theory of sleep onset and insomnia.

The foregoing paper is an update to my earlier somnolent information processing theory. It also describes a new form of serial diverse imagining (aka, "cognitive shuffling"). We submitted an earlier version of the paper to a very empirical journal. The revised manuscript is instead destined to a leading journal of cognitive science that considers papers written from the designer stance, which is the stance from which this theory has been developed.

Beaudoin, L. P. (ed.) Discontinuities: Love, Art, Mind

The foregoing book, which I expect to be published this year, contains contributions from several authors and artists. Most of the chapters, however, are written by myself.


Beaudoin, Luc P. (2018). Cognitive Productivity with macOS®: 7 Principles for Getting Smarter with Knowledge. CogZest.

Selham, Z., Guloy, S., Carrier, J., & Beaudoin, L. (2018). Effects of using a mental imagery mobile app on the subjective qualty of sleep; Preliminary findings. Poster presented at the 29th International Congress of Applied Psychology: “Psychology: Connecting Science to Solutions”. Montréal, QC.

Beaudoin, L. P., Hyniewska, S., & Bastien, C. (2017). Towards an affective information-processing theory of sleep onset and insomnia. ISRE–2017 conference presentation. Abstract available from

Beaudoin, L. P., Hyniewska, S., & Hudlicka, E. (2017). Perturbance: Unifying Research on Emotion, Intrusive Mentation and Other Psychological Phenomena with AI. Paper presented at the Symposium on Computational Modelling of Emotion: Theory and Application at AISB–2017. Paper available from

Petters, D. & Beaudoin, L. P. (2017). Attachment Modelling: From observations to scenarios to designs. In Erdi, P., Bhattacharya, B. S., & Cochran, A. (Eds). Computational Neurology and Psychiatry. (pp. 227–271). (Springer Series in Bio-/Neuroinformatics. Series Ed. N. Kasabov). Springer.

Selham, Z., Guloy, S., Massicotte-Marquez, J., Beaudoin, L., Carrier, J. (2017) Effets de l’utilisation d’une application mobile d’imagerie mentale diversifiée sur la qualité subjective du sommeil : résultats préliminaires. (Effects of a serial diverse imagining mobile app on subjective sleep quality: preliminary results.) Research presented at UQAM conference in March 2017. Abstract available from

Beaudoin, L. P., Digdon, N., O’Neill, K. & Racour, G. (2016). Serial diverse imagining task: A new remedy for bedtime complaints of worrying and other sleep-disruptive mental activity. Poster presented at SLEEP 2016 (A joint meeting of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine and the Sleep Research Society). Denver, CO.

Digdon, N. & Beaudoin, L. P. (2015, July). A test of the somnolent mentation theory and the cognitive shuffle insomnia treatment. Poster presented at the 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Pasadena, California USA. Retrieved from

Beaudoin, L. P., Gauthier, G. & Winne, P. (2015, July) Cognitive productivity: Can cognitive science improve how knowledge workers use IT to learn from source material? Poster presented at the 37th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Pasadena, California USA. Retrieved from

Beaudoin, L. P. (2015, July). Specification for a productive practice app to assess and improve psychological treatments for romantic grief and other tertiary emotions. Poster presented at ISRE 2015. Geneva, Switzerland. Retrieved from

Beaudoin, L. P. (2014, July). A design-based approach to sleep-onset and insomnia: super-somnolent mentation, the cognitive shuffle and serial diverse imagining. Paper presented at the 36th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society workshop on “Computational Modeling of Cognition-Emotion Interactions: Relevance to Mechanisms of Affective Disorders and Therapeutic Action”, Québec, Canada.

Beaudoin, L.P. (2014). Developing expertise with objective knowledge: Motive generators and productive practice. In J. Wyatt, D. Petters, & D. Hogg (Eds.), From animals to robots and back: Reflections on hard problems in the study of cognition (pp. 161–190)  Springer.

Beaudoin, L. P. (2013) Cognitive Productivity: Using Knowledge to Become Profoundly Effective CogZest: BC. The book is available on Leanpub, Amazon and iBookstore. PDF Excerpt

Beaudoin, L. P. (2013).The possibility of super-somnolent mentation: A new information-processing approach to sleep-onset acceleration and insomnia exemplified by serial diverse imagining. Meta-effectiveness Research Project, Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser University. (40 p.)  Retrieved from [This document is now at version 4, updated 2015–12–12. See the document itself for Errata and revision history. Scholars interested in providing feedback please get in touch. See mySleepButton Research Update.]

Beaudoin, L. P. (2013). Collaborative productive practice for professional and personal development: Socializing a new deliberate practice framework. Learning Together: Engaging the World_. Simon Fraser University. (Conference May 17–18, 2013. Surrey, BC.)

Beaudoin, L.P. (2011). The designer stance towards Shanahan’s dynamic network theory of the “conscious condition”. International Journal of Machine Consciousness, 3(02), 313–319.

Beaudoin, L. P. (2011). Experts’ productive learning from formal knowledge: Motive generators and productive practice. Paper presented at A symposium in Honour of Aaron Sloman: from animals to robots and back—Reflections on hard problems in the study of cognition (Birmingham, England).

Beaudoin, L. P. (2011). Learning with Technology: Challenges and Opportunities. Presented at the Dalhousie Conference on University Teaching and Learning (DCUTL) & The Canadian eLearning Conference (CeLC) 2011, Dalhousie.

Beaudoin, L.P.  and Winne, P.H. (2010). Implications of psychological principles for designing software to improve  memory performance in older adults.International Society for Gerontechnology 7th World Conference 2010. 9(2).

Beaudoin, L. P. & Winne (2009). nStudy: An Internet tool to support learning, collaboration and researching learning strategies. Paper presented at the 2009 Canadian e-Learning Conference held in Vancouver, Canada.

Beaudoin, L. P. Goal processing in autonomous agents. Ph.D. thesis, Birmingham UK, 1994. Available as CSRP–95–2 from The Cognitive Science Research Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK, B15 2TT.  The thesis is was described in the January 2011 issue of the journal Artificial Intelligence.

Beaudoin, L. P. (1993). Analysis of the design space surrounding a model of motivator processing. In A. Sloman & T. Read (Eds.). Workshop on architectures underlying motivation and emotion. Cognitive Science Research Centre, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK, B15 2TT.

Beaudoin, L. P. (1993). La motivation est construite, mais les émotions sont fortuites. [Motivation is constructed whereas emotions are emergent.] In Objectif Science, 61 (p. 314). Rimouski, Québec: Université du Québec à Rimouski and Association canadienne-française pour l’avancement de la science.

Beaudoin, L. P., & Sloman, A.(1993). A study of motive processing and attention. In A. Sloman, D. Hogg, G. Humphreys, A. Ramsay, & D. Partridge (Eds.), Prospects for Artificial Intelligence (Proceedings AISB–93), (pp. 229–238). Birmingham: IOS Press.

Beaudoin, L. P., & Sloman, A. (1991). A proposal for a study of motive processing (CSRP No. 91–6). School of Computer Science, University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK, B15 2TT.

Beaudoin, L. P. (1991). Requirements, domain, and design for a program exhibiting features of intelligent motivation. In R. Dallaway, T. Del Soldato, & L. Moser (Eds.), The Fourth White House Papers (pp. 18–23). (CSRP No. 200) University of Sussex, School of Cognitive Science, Brighton, UK, BN1 9QH.

Beaudoin, L. P., & Wilson, P. (1991). A computational refutation of associationist theories of learning. In Annual Conference Abstracts of the British Psychological Society, (p. 1). Bournemouth, UK: British Psychological Society.

Beaudoin, L. P., & Lamontagne, C. (1990). Towards a formalization of the principle of adjacency in the phylogenesis of the visual modality. In Canadian Psychology Abstracts, 31 (p. 299). Ottawa, Canada: CPA.

Beaudoin, L. P., & Lamontagne, C. (1990). Le principe d’adjacence immédiate et la phylogenèse de la vision. [The principle of adjacency and the evolution of vision.] In Annales de l’ACFAS, 58 (p. 249). Québec, Québec: Université Laval and Association canadienne-française pour l’avancement des sciences.

Fletcher, D., & Beaudoin, L. (May, 1996). Why and how to use BGA packaging. Asian Electronics Engineer, (pp. 196–302).

Fouriezos, G., Emdin, K., & Beaudoin, L. (1995). Intermittent rewards raise self-stimulation thresholds. Behavioural Brain Research, 68, 355–396.

Sloman, A., Beaudoin, L., & Wright, I. (1994). Computational modelling of motive-management processes. In N. Frijda (Ed.), Proceedings of the 1994 Conference of the International Society for Research on Emotions, held in Cambridge, England.

Wright, I. P., Sloman, A., & Beaudoin, L. P. (1996). Towards a design-based analysis of emotional episodes. Psychiatry, Psychology and Philosophy, 3, 101–126. Also included in the Four-volume reference work: Chrisley, R., ed.(2000). Artificial Intelligence: Critical Concepts, London: Routledge (2160 pages). Here is what Prof. Margaret Boden (author of Mind as Machine, a History of Cognitive Science ) had to say about our paper. SFU members can read the whole review here.

Beaudoin, L.  (1990). A computational investigation of the evolution of vision. Honour’s thesis. School of Psychology, University of Ottawa, Ottawa.

Several publications from Phil Winne, John Nesbit and others present studies using gStudy and nStudy, which are integrated learning environments that I co-designed and whose software development I managed from 2002 to 2009.

Scholarly blog posts and informal reports

Beaudoin (2015). Meta-effectiveness Excerpts from Cognitive Productivity: Using Knowledge to Become Profoundly Effective.

Beaudoin (2015). Comments on Summaries of Ellis, Cushing & Germain (2015). “Treating acute insomnia: a randomized controlled trial of a “single-shot” of cognitive behavioral therapy for insomnia”

I also write cognitive science-based material for, mySleepButton, SharpBrains.

My other book projects

I have been preparing several other books, as alluded to on Projects – CogZest.

After Discontinuities: Love, Art, Mind, I aim to publish the following books.

They won’t necessarily be published in foregoing order.