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On the Quantum Mechanical Wave Function as a Link Between Cognition and the Physical World: A Role for Psychology

Snyder, Douglas (1995) On the Quantum Mechanical Wave Function as a Link Between Cognition and the Physical World: A Role for Psychology. [Journal (Paginated)]

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A straightforward explanation of fundamental tenets of quantum mechanics concerning the wave function results in the thesis that the quantum mechanical wave function is a link between human cognition and the physical world. The reticence on the part of physicists to adopt this thesis is discussed. A comparison is made to the behaviorists' consideration of mind, and the historical roots of how the problem concerning the quantum mechanical wave function arose are discussed. The basis for an empirical demonstration that the wave function is a link between human cognition and the physical world is provided through developing an experiment using methodology from psychology and physics. Based on research in psychology and physics that relied on this methodology, it is likely that Einstein, Podolsky, and Rosen's theoretical result that mutually exclusive wave functions can simultaneously apply to the same concrete physical circumstances can be implemented on an empirical level.

Item Type:Journal (Paginated)
Keywords:light inversion, visual perception, Stratton, Schroedinger cat experiment, quantum mechanical wave function, EPR experiment. research methodologies, Bohr's relation to psychology, theory development
Subjects:Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
ID Code:2196
Deposited By:Snyder, Douglas
Deposited On:30 Apr 2002
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54

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