Modeling Concept Combinations in a Quantum-Theoretic Framework [chapter]

Diederik Aerts, Sandro Sozzo
2014 Advances in Cognitive Neurodynamics (IV)  
We present modeling for conceptual combinations which uses the mathematical formalism of quantum theory. Our model faithfully describes a large amount of experimental data collected by different scholars on concept conjunctions and disjunctions. Furthermore, our approach sheds a new light on long standing drawbacks connected with vagueness, or fuzziness, of concepts, and puts forward a completely novel possible solution to the 'combination problem' in concept theory. Additionally, we introduce
more » ... n explanation for the occurrence of quantum structures in the mechanisms and dynamics of concepts and, more generally, in cognitive and decision processes, according to which human thought is a well structured superposition of a 'logical thought' and a 'conceptual thought', and the latter usually prevails over the former, at variance with some widespread beliefs
doi:10.1007/978-94-017-9548-7_55 fatcat:5o4cuubeefhxtimp3gsann22ga