This project aims to generate new theoretical, empirical and practical knowledge with respect to the deliberate regulation of one’s affect (emotions, motivation, attitudes and moods) and volition.
Example types of practical problems we wish to understand and help address include:
- (over) eating,
- managing distractions at work,
- addictions / excessive behaviors, and
- regulating tertiary emotions.
This highly interdisciplinary project draws on:
- Beaudoin’s Ph.D. thesis, Goal Processing in Autonomous Agents,
- other aspects of the Cognition and Affect Project, to which Beaudoin contributed, including work on emotions,
- Beaudoin’s meta-effectiveness research project,
- Beaudoin’s Cognitive Productivity: Using Knowledge to Become Profoundly Effective,
- bio-psychological research on the priming effect to which Luc P. Beaudoin contributed (just as a research assistant) at the University of Ottawa,
- Beaudoin’s proposal for a study of and interventions for romantic grief ( cf. his paper presented at ISRE-2015), and of course,
- many other scholarly literatures.
This very challenging project is still at an early stage. However, Beaudoin has identified promising directions for this project and is taking steps towards them.