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Media Highlights

Recent Press

mySleepButton® and CogSci Apps Corp. co founder, Dr. Luc P. Beaudoin, have frequently featured in the media and news.

Psychology, Medicine and Other Mental Health Disciplines

Sleep researchers, such as Allison Harvey of UCLA Berkley, have long been calling for new cognitive treatments for insomnia. “Recognizing the complexity of different forms of thought and systematically identifying management strategies that are helpful and unhelpful for effectively managing unwanted thought while trying to get to sleep will be an important direction for future research” (Allison G. Harvey, Nicole K.Y. Tang and Lindsay Browning, 2005, p. 600). The cognitive shuffle is a rare response to this call.

Caveats and the Importance of Critical Information Processing

While the cognitive shuffle is based on a theory of sleep onset and insomnia (now called the “Somnolent Information-Processing” theory) that taps into and extends prior research (e.g., on sleep onset mentation and monotonous imagery training), it is also innovative.  It calls for an empirical research programme. The theory raises a large number of new empirical questions. There have as yet only been preliminary empirical studies specifically on this theory. It would/will take years to tease out its implications. As such we  make no claims about the effectiveness of particular treatments derived from the theory.  Further, the theory has evolved since its initial publication.  (Dr. Beaudoin, Dr. Daniel Kay, Dr. Célyne H. Bastien and Dr. Monika Pudlo are preparing a manuscript.) It will require a large number of experiments to tease out the diverse implications of this new theory. Please refer also to “the science” page. Moreover, we have derived new treatments from the extended Somnolent Information-Processing theory, which we intend to implement in mySleepButton.

Co-founder Dr. Luc P. Beaudoin is committed to knowledge translation, that is, applying scientific findings and educating the public about them. This page is not meant as a recommendation for information about mySleepButton or insomnia. Media interviews are typically very short and informal. They are aimed at a general audience. Moreover, we do not control writing or editing about our work, and take no responsibility for claims, nor does linking imply agreement or approval. Interviews are not suitable for highly nuanced, technical and scientific discussion.

We encourage anyone interested in mySleepButton and related subjects to read books and articles on sleep and cognitive science by scientific authorities (books, podcasts, articles, etc.). More generally, we encourage readers to educate themselves about how to assess knowledge resources. Chapter 11 of Luc Beaudoin’s book, Cognitive Productivity, and his new book, Cognitive Productivity with macOS®: 7 Principles for Getting Smarter with Knowledge, provide detailed tips for assessing knowledge resources, including news media resources.

Readers might also wish to check out our Sleep Tips and read the publications on Luc P. Beaudoin’s academic web site. Stay tuned there for more research publications related to Somnolent Information-Processing theory.


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