Our systematic review of the literature on pre-sleep mental activity has been accepted for publication as a Clinical Review by the prestigious, high-impact journal, Sleep Medicine Reviews:
I answered some questions on the Mac Power Users forum about the usefulness of sleep tracking technology. Given that sleep is essential to cognitive productivity, I thought I’d let you know that I followed up today with a blog post on the mySleepButton web site: “Limitations of Sleep Tracking Apps and Hardware“.
Before reading that post, however, I would encourage readers to make a bullet list of their opinion on the subject. Then they can assess what, if anything, is new (potent) and useful in what I’ve written. (An application of the “CUP’A” criteria from Cognitive Productivity books.)
CBC Radio host, Mireille Langlois, will interview me and a clinical psychologist live on Radio-Canada (CBC Radio French) about the quality of sleep. We will focus particularly on seasonal (summer) challenges and issues.
The interview will be broadcast live throughout Western Canada on Saturday morning at 8:25 AM Pacific. But if you do sleep in, you can catch a podcast of the interview later or listen from Radio-Canada’s website.
SharpBrains is an independent market research firm tracking health and performance applications of neuroscience. Their mission is complementary to CogZest’s. It is:
to provide independent, research-based, information and guidance to navigate the growing cognitive and brain fitness market.
Last summer I blogged about using the method of loci to memorize a Buddhist lecture on art.
This past Tuesday, Lam Wong and I attend Dr. Paul R. Fleischman’s lecture at UBC on the “The Universal Features of Meditation”. We were asked to turn off our devices and refrain from using recording devices of any kind. I had brought pen and paper, but wasn’t sure whether they were taking mindfulness so far that I shouldn’t even take notes…
Continue reading Mind Wandering about Paul R. Fleischman’s Lecture on Features of Meditation: Homeostasis, Meta-management and More
Given that cognitive productivity is influenced by the brain’s circadian mechanisms, and that information technology and other technology can interfere with these mechanisms, you might be interested in a recent blog post of mine on mySleepButton.com. The post is a response to the introduction of a Blue Light Reduction setting in the Display & Brightness panel of iOS 9.3.
I’ve been thinking a lot about rumination recently… actually have been for quite a while. Obviously, rumination can hinder productivity. Psychologists have looked at the dark-side of rumination, to the point of defining it as counterproductive. However, some measure of obsession and tenacity is required in order to stick with and solve hard problems. The history of expertise and creativity in science are a testament to such tenacity. (See the discussion of cognitive miserliness and other thinking dispositions in Cognitive Productivity. [Footnote 1] )
Continue reading On Ruminating and Intrusive Thinking…
Already mid-February! A good time to see whether I’m on track for my 2015 plans.
I’ve never published my personal progress reports online before. But I wanted to take a detailed look at the last few weeks. And it might be helpful to some of my collaborators, stakeholders, clients or customers, who only see a certain slice of my life. Also, it will give you a picture of the R&D behind the products I develop. I run different facets of my projects through different organizations ( CogZest, CogSci Apps Corp. and Simon Fraser University). It also illustrates the variety of tasks that small business leaders engage in.
I don’t usually blog about my workshops and presentations. But I thought I’d mention two workshops for School District 23 ( Okanagan) that I will give in Kelowna next Friday:
- Reading to learn with tablets and laptops.
- Getting more and better sleep.
The first workshop is based on my book, Cognitive Productivity: Using Knowledge to Become Profoundly Effective, which itself is based on extensive research.
Sheryl Guloy and I will be giving a presentation on the cognitive shuffle and cognitive productivity on Friday May 9 at the SFU Learning Together 2014 Conference. That’s an annual conference put on by the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University.
The title of our presentation is:
Decreasing sleep-onset latency for better cognitive performance in faculty and students: Super-somnolent mentation and the new “cognitive shuffle” technique compared with monotonous imagery training.