Is there something quantum-like about the human mental lexicon?

Bruza, Peter D. (2009) Is there something quantum-like about the human mental lexicon? Lecture Notes in Computer Science : Advances in Information Retrieval Theory, 5766, p. 1.

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This talk proceeds from the premise that IR should engage in a more substantial dialogue with cognitive science. After all, how users decide relevance, or how they chose terms to modify a query are processes rooted in human cognition. Recently, there has been a growing literature applying quantum theory (QT) to model cognitive phenomena. This talk will survey recent research, in particular, modelling interference effects in human decision making. One aspect of QT will be illustrated - how quantum entanglement can be used to model word associations in human memory. The implications of this will be briefly discussed in terms of a new approach for modelling concept combinations. Tentative links to human adductive reasoning will also be drawn. The basic theme behind this talk is QT can potentially provide a new genre of information processing models (including search) more aligned with human cognition.

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ID Code: 30108
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: quantum theory, cognition, information retrieval
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-04417-5_1
ISBN: 9783642044168
ISSN: 0302-9743
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > LIBRARY AND INFORMATION STUDIES (080700) > Information Retrieval and Web Search (080704)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > COGNITIVE SCIENCE (170200)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Science and Technology
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Springer
Deposited On: 28 Jan 2010 23:40
Last Modified: 09 Apr 2014 12:19

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