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Salience as an emergent property

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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
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - 1 May 2012


  • ALBERTI_2012_cright_JEBO_Salience as an Emergent Property

    Rights statement: NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, 82(2-3), (2012), DOI: 10.1016/j.jebo.2011.10.016 ,

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