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Cooperative Functioning of Unconscious and Consciousness From Theory of Open Quantum Systems

Version 1 : Received: 17 March 2021 / Approved: 17 March 2021 / Online: 17 March 2021 (16:58:30 CET)

How to cite: Khrennikov, A. Cooperative Functioning of Unconscious and Consciousness From Theory of Open Quantum Systems. Preprints 2021, 2021030454 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202103.0454.v1). Khrennikov, A. Cooperative Functioning of Unconscious and Consciousness From Theory of Open Quantum Systems. Preprints 2021, 2021030454 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202103.0454.v1).

Abstract

We present the mathematical model of cooperative functioning of unconscious and consciousness. The model is based on the theory of open quantum systems. Unconscious and consciousness are treated as bio-information systems. The latter plays the role a measurement apparatus for the former. States of both systems are represented in Hilbert spaces. Consciousness performs measurements on the states which are generated in unconscious. This process of unconscious-conscious interaction is described by the scheme of indirect measurements. This scheme is widely used in quantum information theory and it leads to the theory of quantum instruments (Davis-Lewis-Ozawa). Our approach is known as quantum-like modeling. It should be sharply distinguished from modeling of genuine quantum physical processes in biosystems, in particular, in the brain. In the quantum-like framework, the brain is a black box processing information in the accordance with the laws of quantum theory. During the last 10-15 years this framework has been actively used in cognition, psychology, decision making, social and political sciences. The quantum-like scheme of unconscious-consciousness functioning has already been explored for sensation-perception modeling.

Subject Areas

unconscious; consciousness; quantum-like models; decision making; indirect measurement scheme; open quantum systems; sensation; perception

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