CogSci Apps co-founder and inventor of the cognitive shuffle, Dr. Luc P. Beaudoin, continues his collaborative research on sleep onset and insomnolence. He and his colleagues at Université Laval, Université de Montréal, and Concordia will present the following three posters that all pertain to these topics. They present updates on:
- The somnolent information processing theory (on which the current and an upcoming new version of the cognitive shuffle are based).
- A systematic review of pre-sleep mentation. (The cognitive shuffle is based on a theory of pre-sleep information processing).
- A reflective examination of a recent empirical research project of Beaudoin and colleagues on insomnolence.
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Luc will be interviewed live on Radio-Canada (CBC Radio French), broadcast throughout Western Canada on Saturday morning at 8:25 AM Pacific. But if you do sleep in you can catch the interview later on podcast or the Radio-Canada website.
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I was interviewed about sleep by Ryan Takagi, Simon Fraser University Rowing Coach, who specializes in athletic wellness & performance. Here’s the podcast episode link:
My conversation with Professor Luc Beaudoin on sleep
On the CogSci Apps blog, I announced the new CogSci Apps logo)! Check it out. It’s a good example of social cognitive productivity: doing knowledge work with a great graphic designer, to create a concrete logo that meets multiple very abstract requirements.
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A claim my co-authors and I make in an upcoming paper on sleep onset and insomnia is that perturbant emotion causes insomnolence. This is not to say that perturbance is the sole cause of insomnolence. In fact, our theory proposes five postulates about the evolutionary design of the human sleep onset control system. One of the postulates pertains to perturbance. Read more ›
Book by Dr. Matthew Walker
Over the last several months, I’ve been too busy doing research and development —including on sleep onset and insomnia —, writing papers, and managing a new product launch, to contribute much to this blog. But the work we are doing will have major benefits for mySleepButton. I wish I could spill the beans, but first things must come first. Meanwhile, I would like to draw your attention to an excellent new research-based book on sleep by Dr. Matthew Walker called Why We Sleep
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As promised, mySleepButton version 1.4.12 for iOS has been released with support for Siri Shortcuts. You can now define shortcuts to tell Siri to “put me to sleep”, and it will start playing mySleepButton. This is handy if you’re sleeping alone and want to control mySleepButton without even looking at your iPhone or iPad. Read more ›
The next release of mySleepButton for iOS, version 1.4.12, will contain support for Siri Shortcuts. You will be able to tell your iPhone or iPad “put me to sleep” and it will launch or resume mySleepButton’s play. You will also be able to pause or stop mySleepButton. Siri Shortcuts are of course configurable
If you’d like to beta test the new version of the app, just send us an email using the app. Caveats: we first need to roll out a new build, and have Apple approve it (which can take some time). Also, we can’t guarantee that we will accept all beta testers (due to time and resource constraints).
Last year Quartz published an article by Lila MacLellan on mySleepButton: An app that helps you sleep, built on cognitive science. On the 10th of this month, Quartz published You should be sleeping more than eight hours a night. Here’s why . I highly recommend this article.
Quartz publishes useful, high caliber articles. It is owned by the venerable Atlantic Media. It is one of my favorite websites.