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My main research interest is the problem of consciousness. I am adherent of the idea that consciousness is intimately related to the quantum nature of matter and that quantum processes in the brain do exist and they underlie the phenomenal experience of consciousness. I am not presupposing, however, quantum processes extending over macroscopic spatial scales. They can be local, such as the ones in photosynthesis, but they can affect macrscopic behavior, such as recently demonstrated in magnetic sensing in birds. My view is that at any moment of time there are pockets of dynamic entanglement (as in Cai, Popescu and Briegel, Phys. Rev. E 82, 021921, 25 August 2010) communicating with each other via classical signalling mechanisms implemented by the surrounding brain matter (including neural firing). Those pockets of dynamic entanglement are sustained as a process, although they may shift their physical location and may be discontinuous in time on the individual level.

The goal of my current research is to find eveidence in data from cognitive psychology experiments that supports this hypothesis. To that end, I am using a conceptual analogy model between the mental state, seen as  physically implemented in a complex, dynamic multipartite entangled state of a localized cluster of particles, and the quantum state of a physical particle. That allows me to match the setup of psychology experimetns to the setup of quantum physics experiments, e.g., by matching the accuracy variable in psychology to the position variable in physics (i.e., the "position" in mental space), and the response time variable to energy or momentum in physics. Then, it is possible to compare the statistics of the data obtained in psychology experiments to that of quantum physics experiments with analogous setup, and remarkably, some features of the statistics, such as wave-like patterns of probability density, appear in both cases. That is not yet proof of quantum processes in the brain, but such patterns do not seem to have straightforward explanation within the traditional framework of neural activity patterns used in cognitive psychology and neuroscience.

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Word Processing Medicine & Life Sciences
Reading Medicine & Life Sciences
Eye Movements Medicine & Life Sciences
Vision Disparity Medicine & Life Sciences
Exercise Therapy Medicine & Life Sciences
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Medicine & Life Sciences
Community Hospital Medicine & Life Sciences
Cognitive Therapy Medicine & Life Sciences

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Research Output 2009 2019

  • 86 Citations
  • 8 h-Index
  • 13 Article

Understanding variation in unplanned admissions of people aged 85 and over: a systems-based approach

Wilson, A., Baker, R., Bankart, J., Banerjee, J., Bhamra, R., Conroy, S., Kurtev, S., Phelps, K., Regen, E., Rogers, S. & Waring, J., 9 Jul 2019, In : BMJ Open. 9, 7, p. e026405 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Primary Health Care
Community Health Services
Policy Making
Hospital Emergency Service

Investigating the effectiveness of spatial frequencies to the left and right of central vision during reading: Evidence from reading times and eye movements

Jordan, T. R., McGowan, V. A., Kurtev, S. & Paterson, K. B., 18 Jul 2017, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 8, JUL, 9 p., 807.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Eye Movements
8 Citations (Scopus)
Open Access
Exercise Therapy
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
Cognitive Therapy
Cross-Sectional Studies

Shifting care from community hospitals to intensive community support: A mixed method study

Williams, K. S., Kurtev, S., Phelps, K., Regen, E., Conroy, S. & Wilson, A., 13 Sep 2017, In : Primary Health Care Research and Development. (in press), p. (in press) 11 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Community Hospital
Focus Groups
9 Citations (Scopus)

A further look at postview effects in reading: An eye-movements study of influences from the left of fixation

Jordan, T. R., McGowan, V. A., Kurtev, S. & Paterson, K. B., Feb 2016, In : Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, and Cognition. 42, 2, p. 296-307 12 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Eye Movements
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Activities 2016 2016

  • 1 Oral presentation

Using eye-tracking techniques and physiological arousal measures to assess emotion processing in adults convicted of sex offences.

Jeane Gerard (Speaker), Sarah Brown (Speaker), Sarah Cassidy (Speaker), Rebecca Crookes (Speaker), Stoyan Kurtev (Speaker), Kate Walker (Speaker)
8 Apr 2016

Activity: Talk or presentationOral presentation