Original Paper


, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 331-345

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Quantum Theory Beyond the Physical: Information in Context

  • Kirsty KittoAffiliated withQueensland University of Technology Email author 
  • , Brentyn RammAffiliated withQueensland University of Technology
  • , Laurianne SitbonAffiliated withQueensland University of Technology
  • , Peter BruzaAffiliated withQueensland University of Technology

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Measures and theories of information abound, but there are few formalised methods for treating the contextuality that can manifest in different information systems. Quantum theory provides one possible formalism for treating information in context. This paper introduces a quantum inspired model of the human mental lexicon. This model is currently being experimentally investigated and we present a preliminary set of pilot data suggesting that concept combinations can indeed behave non-separably.


Information Context Concept combination Non-separability Separability tests Generalised quantum model human mental lexicon Spreading activation Spooky activation at a distance