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

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Following an early claim by Nelson and McEvoy suggesting that word associations can display 'spooky action at a distance behaviour', a serious investigation of the potentially quantum nature of such associations is currently underway. In this paper quantum theory is proposed as a framework suitable for modelling the human mental lexicon, specifically the results obtained from both intralist and extralist word association experiments. Some initial models exploring this hypothesis are discussed, and experiments capable of testing these models proposed. © 2009 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

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Bruza, P., Kitto, K., Nelson, D., & McEvoy, C. (2009). Is there something quantum-like about the human mental lexicon? Journal of Mathematical Psychology, 53(5), 362–377. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmp.2009.04.004

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