Quantum Psychology is a class of science created and developed by Eddie Oshins in the mid-1970's. The Quantum Psychology Project® originated with Eddie Oshins' reconciliation of arguments in the psychological literature concerning the nature of schizophrenia as a logical phenomenon. In particular, he addressed:
- The double bind approach to schizophrenia, as developed at the MRI (Mental Research Institute) in Palo Alto, CA, and
- the intrapsychic school of von Domarus, Vigotsky, and Arieti.
In doing this, in 1976, Oshins was led to introduce certain matrix, eigenvalue techniques into the study of self-reference paradoxes. Oshins' model, which he calls "quantum psychology," harmonizes these opposing perspectives by means of an explicit "principle of metalogical ambiguity."
Although distinct from the use by quantum physicists to describe the logic of physical observables of Schwinger's "nonselecting measurement algebra," von Weizsäcker's "temporal logic," and von Neumann's development of "quantum logic," certain similarities led Oshins to extend his psychological model into physics. Oshins coined his work "quantum psychology" in 1982, and hopes to find physical correspondents to psychological phenomena. "Quantum," as used here, is to inform formal and empirical inquiry, not to legitimize faulty associations such as can be shown in some other efforts, as discussed by Sokal and others.
Quantum psychology encompasses:
- Characteristics of second-order change from the MRI brief therapy model; and
- features from the equivocation structure of primary process paralogic found in the wish-based thinking of children and autistic people, in primitive thought, in dream states, and in the creative process.
Formally, Oshins' quantum psychology approach asserts a new parallel processing model for psychology. Established techniques from group theory and the mathematics of nondistributive, atomic lattices are applied to language and to the logic of psychological experience.
Quantum psychology provides:
- A critical theory with criteria for discriminating between it and other pertinent models, such as neural nets, holograms, and fuzzy logic;
- a formal theory clarifying and extending such psychological perspectives as MRI's brief therapy model and Piaget's developmental characterization of operational thought in children; and
- an empirical theory since it suggests possible experimental confirmation.
The importance of Oshins' approach to quantum psychology includes its potential for creating new and fundamental insights into neurological functioning and for the understanding and treatment of neurological and psychological diseases. Quantum psychology offers a competing alternative to attempts based upon Spencer-Brown's Laws of Form or Zadeh's "fuzzy logic."
In 1979, because of this work, Oshins was asked to secure the publication and serve as the editor and the scientific representative for imprisoned, Soviet, dissident physicist Yuri F. Orlov's related and independent work, smuggled from the gulag, until Orlov's eventual release in 1986.
Adapting his use of the mathematics of spinor representations from a clinical context to perception and movement in martial and meditative arts, Oshins has recently proposed a "classical experiment" for measuring certain forms of self-referential motion predicted by his theories. He has suggested a modification of the results of experiments with monkeys by A.P. Georgopoulos that show neuro-correlates for mental rotations such as have been shown to occur in mental imagery by R.N. Shepard and colleagues.
For his research in quantum psychology, Oshins received:
- the "Most Innovative Paper Award," for 1989 at FLAIRS-89 by the Florida AI Research Symposium;
- the 1991 Alternative Natural Philosopher Award, "for creative applications of nondistributive lattices & spinor representations in psychology;" and
- a 1994 Don D. Jackson Memorial Award for research from the Mental Research Institute.
Self-referential motion is the property of Eddie Oshins. Registration with the United States Patent and Trademark Office is pending.