Decision-Making & Quantum Mechanical Models of Cognitive Processing

Year
2016
Volume 17
Issue 2
Pages
199-298
Authors
John Jung Park
Abstract
There have been numerous neurobiological theories positing that quantum mechanics is importantly responsible for certain psychological phenomena, such as consciousness and conscious decision-making. In this respect, such theories understand the relevant aspects of the brain to be “quantum mechanical.” Although it is highly questionable whether any of these theories have the requisite or sufficient empirical evidence strictly within the domain of neuroscience to appropriately justify their views, a different approach to arguing that quantum mechanics is importantly relevant to human decision-making will be discussed. By putting various puzzle pieces together of empirical evidence in psychology that quantum probability models describe certain human cognitive decision-making processes, I contend that human decision-making overall is best described by quantum mechanical processes. Finally, I at times provide a novel defense of this view from a number of objections. 

Keywords: Decision-making, quantum cognition, quantum mechanics, cognitive processes, mathematical models, classical cognition