Elio Conte

Graduate school of Psychology
 Department of Neurological and Psychiatric Sciences
University of Bari



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Elio Conte, born in Italy in 1946, is currently professor of Psychophysiology at the graduate school of Psychology, Department of Neurological and Psychiatric Sciences, University of Bari, Italy. He is a theoretical physicist, author of about one hundred fifty publications at international level. His research fields are on derivation of quantum mechanics by Clifford algebra, applications of quantum mechanics in analysis of perceptive and cognitive functions in humans, application of the methods of theoretical physics in biology and medicine.

Elio Conte is author of some theories and experimental results of basic significance. Starting with 1983 he has worked on application of quantum mechanics at cognitive level and in years 2003-2009 he has reached the first direct experimental evidence that mental states follow quantum mechanics during perception and cognition, using ambiguous figures and some cognitive anomalies as conjunction fallacy. These results have been obtained in collaboration with Andrei Yuri Khrennikov (University of Vaxjo-Sweeden), Orlando Todarello and Antonio Federici (University of Bari), and Joseph P. Zbilut (Rush University Chicago, USA) who died before of his time in January 2009. He has also produced a complete derivation of standard quantum mechanics by using Clifford algebra, and for the first time he has given a description and algebraic explanation of the well known mechanism of wave function reduction in quantum mechanics using this algebraic framework. His general theory moves on the lines previously delineated by Yuri Orlov on the logical origins of quantum mechanics. It is articulated on the basic statement that the we may use the basic algebraic Clifford elements to represent mental variables.


List of some recent publications

  • Conte Elio, Todarello Orlando, Federici Antonio, Vitiello Francesco, Lopane Michele, Khrennikov Andrei and Zbilut Joseph P.: Some remarks on an experiment suggesting quantum-like behavior of cognitive entities and formulation of an abstract quantum mechanical formalism to describe cognitive entity and its dynamics. Chaos, Solitons and Fractals 31 (2007) 1076-1088, available on line from http://arxiv.org/abs/0710.5092v1

  • Conte Elio, Khrennikov Yuri Andrei, Todarello Orlando, Federici Antonio, Zbilut Joseph P.: Mental States Follow Quantum Mechanics during Perception and Cognition of Ambiguous Figures. Open Systems & Information Dynamics, (2009),Vol.16, No.1,1-17; available on line PhilPapers, available on line http://philpapers.org/archive/CONMSF.1.pdf

  • Conte Elio, Khrennikov Yuri, Todarello Orlando, Federici Antonio, Zbilut Joseph P: On the Existence of Quantum Wave Function and Quantum Interference Effects in Mental States: An Experimental Confirmation during Perception and Cognition in Humans. NeuroQuantology, 7, 2 (2009), 204 - 212 available on line from http://arxiv.org/abs/0807.4547v2

  • Conte Elio: Exploration of Biological Function by Quantum Mechanics. Proceedings 10th International Congress on Cybernetics, 1983; 16-23, Namur-Belgique

  • Conte Elio: Testing Quantum Consciousness. NeuroQuantology (2008); 6 (2): 126-139, available on line from http://www.neuroquantology.com/

  • Conte Elio, Khrennikov Yuri Andrei, Todarello Orlando, Federici Antonio, Zbilut Joseph P.: A Pre-liminary Experimental Verification On the Possibility of Bell Inequality Violation in Mental States. NeuroQuantology, (2008); 6 (3): 214-221 available on line from  http://www.neuroquantology.com/

  • Conte Elio, Todarello Orlando, Federici Antonio, Zbilut Joseph P.: Mind States follow Quantum Mechanics during Perception and Cognition of Ambiguous Figures: a Final Experimental Confirmation. available on line from  http://arxiv.org/abs/0802.1835v1

  • Conte Elio, Biquaternion Quantum Mechanics, Edited by Pitagora Editrice, Bologna, Italy, 2001
  • Conte Elio, On the Possibility That We Think in a Quantum Mechanical Manner: An Experimental Verification of Existing Quantum Interference Effects In Cognitive Anomaly of Conjunction Fallacy, Book - Quantum Mind - edited by Franco Orsucci, Nova Science Publishers, New York, in press, available on line from http://arxiv.org/ftp/arxiv/papers/0807/0807.4547.pdf

  • Conte Elio,  A quantum like interpretation and solution of Einstein, Podolsky and Rosen paradox in quantum mechanics, available on line from http://arxiv.org/abs/0711.2260v1
  • Conte Elio, Khrennikov Yuri Andrei, Zbilut Jospeh P., The transition from ontic potentiality to actualization of states in quantum mechanical approach to reality: the proof of a mathematical theorem to support it, available on line from http://arxiv.org/abs/quant-ph/0607196v1

  • Conte Elio, A Proof that Quantum Interference Arises in a Clifford Algebraic Formulation of Quantum Mechanics, available on line from http://philpapers.org/archive/CONAPT.1.pdf

  • Conte Elio, On Some Cognitive Features of Clifford Algebraic Quantum Mechanics and Origin of Indeterminism in This Theory: A Derivation of Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle by Using the Clifford Algebra, available on line from http://philpapers.org/archive/CONOSC.1.pdf

  • Conte Elio, A Clifford Algebraic Analysis and Explanation of Wave Function Reduction in Quantum Mechanics, available on line from http://philpapers.org/archive/CONACA.1.pdf

  • Conte Elio, Reconsideration of Quantum Foundations. Vaxjo University Conference June 15-18, 2009: A Clifford Algebraic Analysis and Explanation of Wave Function Reduction in Quantum Mechanics. Vaxjo University Sweden, Conference on Foundations of Quantum Mechanics, to appear in Foundations of Physics, SI QTRF-5 2009, available on line from http://philpapers.org/archive/CONROQ.1.doc 

  • Conte Elio, (2009). Decision Making: A Quantum Mechanical Analysis Based On Time Evolution of Quantum Wave Function and of Quantum Probabilities During Perception and Cognition of Human Subjects. In Vaxjo University Press (ed.), Proceedings Congress Vaxjo University Conference on Quantum Mechanics. Vaxjo University, available on line from  http://philpapers.org/archive/CONDM-3.1.pdf