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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).

Journal reference: Biosemiotics 2022
DOI: 10.1007/s12304-022-09487-7


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


BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES, Cognitive & Experimental Psychology

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