DOI: 10.14704/nq.2015.13.1.796

Oscillating Agent Model: Quantum Approach

Darius Plikynas


Enabled by recent neuroscience and especially electroencephalogram (EEG) studies, this paper describes a conceptually novel modeling approach, based on quantum theory, to basic human mind states as systems of coherent oscillation. The aim is to bridge the gap between fundamental theory, experimental observation and the simulation of agents’ mind states. The proposed approach, i.e. an oscillating agent model (OAM), reveals possibilities of employing wave functions and quantum operators for a stylized description of basic mind states and the transitions between them. In the OAM the basic mind states are defined using experimentally observed EEG spectra, i.e. brainwaves (delta, theta, alpha, beta and gamma), which reveal an oscillatory nature of agents’ mind states. Such an approach provides an opportunity to model the dynamics of basic mind states by employing stylized oscillation-based representations of the characteristic EEG power spectral density (PSD) distributions of brainwaves observed in experiments. In other words, the proposed OAM describes a probabilistic mechanism for transitions between basic mind states characterized by unique sets of brainwaves. The instantiated theoretical framework is pertinent not only for the simulation of the individual cognitive and behavioral patterns observed in experiments, but also for the prospective development of OAM-based multi-agent systems.


oscillating agent model; wave function; basic mind states; electroencephalography

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This research project is funded by the European Social Fund under the Global Grant measure; project No. VP1-3.1-SMM-07-K-01-137.

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