A mathematical model of the Gunas as a foundation for expanded understanding of decision-making process
Keywords:Gunas, Decision-Making, Mantra Meditation, Maha Mantra, LCA Decision-Making Model, Leaky Competing Accumulator
AbstractBased on empirical validation (Stempel (2006); Wolf (1999)) of the constructs of the three gunas, as described in the Vedic literatures, a mathematical model depicting the mechanism of action of the gunas was developed. This model was evaluated using data from a group design study on the effects of maha mantra meditation. Analysis demonstrated substantive validity for this mathematical model of the three gunas, or modes of material nature- sattva (enlightenment), rajas (activity), and tamas (inertia). On the foundation of this mathematical modeling, guna theory was applied to approaches to decision-making, and specifically to the leaky competing accumulator (LCA) model. Guna theory enriches the LCA, and decision-making theory in general, by combining an accumulation model with personality traits and providing enhanced understanding of the effects of environmental factors on the process of decision-making.
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