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In recent years, cognitive as well as social psychologists have become increasingly aware that metacognition (cognitive processes that apply to themselves) is a fundamental aspect of human psychology. Are metacognitive activities similar to standard cognitive processes or do they represent a separate category? How do people reflect on their cognitive processes? Does our metacognitive knowledge affect our behavioral choices? These are only some of the questions addressed in this broad ranging book. Metacognition is a major international and interdisciplinary book that shows how a full analysis of human reasoning and behavior requires an understanding of both cognitive and metacognitive activities. This group of world-renowned authors draw together key insights from across social and cognitive psychology to offer an unmatched overview of this major debate. It will be invaluable for students and academics in social and cognitive psychology.
Chapter 1: From Social Cognition to Metacognition
From Social Cognition to Metacognition
Metacognition is a fundamental characteristic of human cognition. Not only do we have cognitive activities but it would seem that they can apply to themselves: we have cognitions about cognition. The possibility of metacognition seems typical of the human species and may be related to our being linguistic animals. It stands as one of the important differences between animal and human cognition and the very existence of psychology is proof of our interest in our own mental processes.
Interestingly, however, metacognition has long been neglected as a valid object of scientific inquiry. This state of affairs may have something to do with the disappointments – if not the trauma – that accompanied the historical ...