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Evolution of theories of mind

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  • Mohlin, Erik

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This paper studies the evolution of peoplesʼ models of how other people think – their theories of mind. This is formalized within the level-k model, which postulates a hierarchy of types, such that type k plays a k times iterated best response to the uniform distribution. It is found that, under plausible conditions, lower types co-exist with higher types. The results are extended to a model of learning, in which type k plays a k times iterated best response the average of past play. The model is also extended to allow for partial observability of the opponentʼs type.

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Article provided by Elsevier in its journal Games and Economic Behavior.

Volume (Year): 75 (2012)
Issue (Month): 1 ()
Pages: 299-318

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Handle: RePEc:eee:gamebe:v:75:y:2012:i:1:p:299-318

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Keywords: Theory of mind; Depth of reasoning; Evolution; Learning; Level-k; Fictitious play; Cognitive hierarchy;

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  1. Erik O. Kimbrough & Nikolaus Robalino & Arthur J. Robson, 2013. "The Evolution of 'Theory of Mind': Theory and Experiments," Cowles Foundation Discussion Papers 1908, Cowles Foundation for Research in Economics, Yale University.
  2. Heller, Yuval, 2012. "Three steps ahead," MPRA Paper 40714, University Library of Munich, Germany.

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