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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.

The Feeling-of-Knowing as a Judgment
The feeling-of-knowing as a judgment
GuyLories and Marie-AnneSchelstraete
The Question Answering Situation
The Feeling-of-Knowing Paradigm

How we answer simple, factual questions involves more complexities than one would expect. We should wonder, for instance, why we keep searching for an answer we do not find immediately, how we know we do not know something (Glucksberg & McCloskey, 1981; Kolers & Palef, 1976), why we start searching at all (Miner & Reder, 1994; Reder, 1987, 1988; Reder & Ritter, 1992) or what makes us confident in some response we have been able to come up with (Koriat, 1993; Koriat, Lichtenstein, & Fischoff, 1980). All the above points are somehow related to metacognition, that is, to the more or less explicit knowledge we have of the way ...

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