New app shuffles thoughts to summon sleep

New app shuffles thoughts to summon sleep – Public Affairs and Media Relations – Simon Fraser University.

Contact:
Luc Beaudoin, 778.997.0612, lucb@cogsciapps.com
Caitlin Dawson, PAMR, 778.782.9543, caitlind@sfu.ca

Photoshttp://at.sfu.ca/YhyfXc

If counting sheep can’t help you sleep, you could try thinking of an elephant, French toast and scuba diving.

Simon Fraser University researcher Luc Beaudoin has created mySleepButton, a first-of-its-kind app that harnesses the power of the imagination to help users nod off.

Distributed by Apple as a free iTunes download, the app incorporates concepts from cognitive science, a multidisciplinary study of the mind and its processes. It works by preventing sleep-interfering thoughts and activating a mechanism that could help trigger sleep.

Based on the “cognitive shuffle” technique developed by Beaudoin, an SFU adjunct education professor, the app works by prompting users to imagine various objects or scenes in rapid succession.

 

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