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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.

Protecting Our Minds: The Role of Lay Beliefs
Protecting our minds: The role of lay beliefs
TimothyD.Wilson, DanielT.Gilbert and ThaliaP.Wheatley

Imagine that you are watching the news on television one evening. The newscaster says that the next story is about a severe famine in another country, and warns viewers that “the footage is very disturbing; it contains graphic pictures of men, women, and children who died of starvation and whose bodies have decomposed in the tropical sun.” What would you do? Would you lean forward to get a closer look at the pictures, or reach for the remote control and change the channel?

Now suppose that you are listening to an interview with a noted politician. The politician starts to argue that the nation's laws on capital punishment ...

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