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A mathematical model of the Gunas as a foundation for expanded understanding of decision-making process

Mauricio Garrido

Ph.D., physicist, research associate with the Bhaktivedanta Institute for Higher Studies, United States of America (USA) Google Scholar More about the auther

, David Wolf

Ph.D. and supervisor of psychotherapists, Satvatove Institute, Florida, United States of America (USA) Google Scholar More about the auther

DIP: 18.01.056/20190704

DOI: 10.25215/0704.056


Based 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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Published in   Volume 07, Issue 4, October-December, 2019