Salience as an emergent property

Federica Alberti, Robert Sugden, Kei Tsutsui

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    Abstract

    We offer an evolutionary model of the emergence of concepts of salience through similarity based learning. When an individual faces a new decision problem, she chooses an action that she perceives as similar to actions that, when chosen in similar previous problems, led to favourable outcomes. If some similarities are more reliably perceived than others, this process will favour the emergence of conventions that are defined in terms of reliably perceived similarities. We discuss experimental evidence of learning in recurrent play of similar but not identical pure coordination games.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)379-394
    JournalJournal of Economic Behavior & Organization
    Volume82
    Issue number2-3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2012

    Keywords

    • Salience
    • Focal point
    • Emergent property
    • Similarity
    • Coordination game

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