On the origin of the hierarchy of color names

  title={On the origin of the hierarchy of color names},
  author={Vittorio Loreto and Animesh Mukherjee and Francesca Tria},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences},
  pages={6819 - 6824}
One of the fundamental problems in cognitive science is how humans categorize the visible color spectrum. The empirical evidence of the existence of universal or recurrent patterns in color naming across cultures is paralleled by the observation that color names begin to be used by individual cultures in a relatively fixed order. The origin of this hierarchy is largely unexplained. Here we resort to multiagent simulations, where a population of individuals, subject to a simple perceptual… 

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