A- A A+

SEOUPS Pub Social - The Beginner's Guide to Quantum Cognition

20th March 2019, Caxton Arms, Brighton
LOUPS Social Event
Online booking has now closed, please contact southeast@oups.org.uk for availability.

The Beginner’s Guide to Quantum Cognition'

A talk by Dr Rachael Bond, 20th March 2019, from 6pm (Talk begins at 7pm).

 Please note that we are restricted to 35 places for this talk.

This social event combines a talk and social drinks where you can meet other Open University Psychology students both before and after the talk.

Quantum Cognition is a new area of psychological research, and is based on the idea that the mathematical axioms which describe and model the uncertain world of sub-atomic particles are the same as those needed to model human cognition.

This talk outlines the history, successes and failures of the computational approach in Psychology, and argues that current evidence does not support the notion that the brain is some sort of quantum computer. However, by re-framing psychological phenomena in terms of decision-making theory, it is suggested that quantum mechanics provides the tools with which to develop novel mathematical models that challenge existing cognitive theory.

For instance, where Doherty et al. (1979) have claimed that people are “cognitively dysfunctional”, or Kahneman (eg., 2011) has argued that heuristics allow “fuzzy decisions” to be made, Quantum Cognition would argue that such conclusions rest entirely on the assumptions of classical mathematics. These themes are used to explore the history of mathematical Psychology, the current state of both AI and quantum computing, and the benefits of the new quantum approach.


We are delighted to have Dr Rachael Bond giving this talk. Rachael is a PostDoctorate Research Fellow at the University of Sussex, researching quantum mechanical models of cognition, decision-making, and insight problem solving. Current projects are centred on non-monotonicity, and whether “lightbulb” moments of inspiration may be explained using quantum complexity theory. This has led to some rather difficult questions about the order of time. Prior to the mid-life crisis that lead her to train as a Psychologist, Rachael had a career in technology—interspersed with periods spent variously as a Club DJ, Pub manager, and member of an ABBA tribute band. Rachael does not have a page on Wikipedia.

This event is open to all, whether studying with the OU or not. If you are, then it's also a great opportunity to socialise with other OU psychology students in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere !

A flier for the event can be downloaded here and a summary is available here.


Tickets cost £10 in advance or £12 on the door subject to availability as numbers are limited to 35 attendees. Please check availability on the day.


This event will be held in The Function Room (downstairs bar) at the Caxton Arms, 26 North Gardens, Brighton, BN1 3LB.

Travel and directions

The pub is a two minute walk from Brighton Station.


Search OUPS