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Quantum structure in cognition origins, developments, successes, and expectations

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posted on 2017-06-19, 13:16 authored by Diederik Aerts, Sandro Sozzo
The authors provide an overview of the results they have obtained over the last decade on the identification of quantum structures in cognition and, more specifically, in the formalization and representation of natural concepts. They firstly discuss the quantum foundational reasons that led them to investigate the mechanisms of formation and combination of concepts in human reasoning, starting from the empirically observed deviations from classical, logical, and probabilistic structures. They then develop their quantum-theoretic perspective in Fock space which allows successful modeling of various sets of cognitive experiments collected by different scientists, including themselves. In addition, they formulate a unified explanatory hypothesis for the presence of quantum structures in cognitive processes, and discuss their recent discovery of further quantum aspects in concept combinations, namely, ‘entanglement’ and ‘indistinguishability.’ They finally illustrate the outlook for future research.

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The Palgrave Handbook of Quantum Models in Social Science, 2017, pp. 157-193

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/Organisation/COLLEGE OF SOCIAL SCIENCES, ARTS AND HUMANITIES/School of Management

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The Palgrave Handbook of Quantum Models in Social Science

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Palgrave Macmillan UK

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978-1-137-49275-3;978-1-137-49276-0

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2017

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