Entangled Associative Structures and Context

Douglas L. Nelson, Cathy L. McEvoy

Scientists are engaged in mapping the universe, the land, the genome, and word knowledge. In this paper we describe results of a 30-year effort to map and understand how preexisting word knowledge affects memory for a recently experienced word. We show how some of these findings are inconsistent with widely held views in psychological science and support the incorporation of the quantum formalism in our attempts to understand how prior knowledge interacts with recent experience and context. We relate our work to the state context property (SCOP) quantum formalism.

Subjects: 11. Knowledge Representation; 4. Cognitive Modeling

Submitted: Jan 25, 2007

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