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Quantum Core Affect. Process-Semantic Theory of Emotions

Version 1 : Received: 20 November 2021 / Approved: 22 November 2021 / Online: 22 November 2021 (11:04:58 CET)

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Surov, I.A. Natural Code of Subjective Experience. Biosemiotics (2022). Surov, I.A. Natural Code of Subjective Experience. Biosemiotics (2022).


The paper describes model of human affect based on quantum theory of semantics. The model considers emotion as subjective representation of behavioral context relative to a basis binary choice, organized by cyclical process structure and an orthogonal evaluation axis. The resulting spherical space, generalizing well-known circumplex models, accommodates basic emotions in specific angular domains. Predicted process-semantic structure of affect is observed in the word2vec data, as well as in the previously obtained spaces of emotion concepts. The established quantum-theoretic structure of affective space connects emotion science with quantum models of cognition and behavior, opening perspective for synergetic progress in these fields.


core affect; emotion; semantics; process cycle; quantum cognition; qubit


Social Sciences, Cognitive Science

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