Comparison and choice: Relations between similarity processes and decision processes

Douglas L. Medin*, Robert L. Goldstone, Arthur B. Markman

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Research and theory in decision making and in similarity judgment have developed along parallel paths. We review and analyze phenomena in both domains that suggest that similarity processing and decision making share important correspondences. The parallels are explored at the level of empirical generalizations and underlying processing principles. Important component processes that are shared by similarity judgments and decision making include generation of alternatives, recruitment of reference points, dynamic weighting of aspects, creation of new descriptors, development of correspondences between items, and justification of judgment. Preparation of this article was supported by National Science Foundation Grants 92-11277 and 91-10245.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-19
Number of pages19
JournalPsychonomic Bulletin & Review
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1995

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)


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