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Friday, February 27, 2009

Scientists Model Words as Entangled Quantum States in our Minds


Researchers have modeled the human mental lexicon as consisting of words that cannot be separated from other words, which may explain why words have many associations, a feature which helps us communicate.

When you hear the word “planet,” do you automatically think of the word’s literal definition, or of other words, such as “Earth,” “space,” “Mars,” etc.?

Especially when used in sentences, words tend to conjure up similar words automatically. Further, human beings’ ability to draw associations and inferences between words may explain why we’re generally able to communicate complex ideas with each other quite clearly using a limited number of words.


  1. is quite obvious, Psycology prooved that almost one hundred years ago

  2. In this new study,
    associative word recall probability
    depends on how strongly connected
    the associated words are to each other.

    For instance, “Earth” and “space”
    are entangled in the context of “planet,”
    but “Earth” and “gas giant”
    may not be entangled
    (“Jupiter” and “gas giant” may be).

    Words that are entangled
    with many other words have
    a greater probability of
    being recalled,
    while words that are
    entangled with few or
    no other words have
    a smaller recall probability.