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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 5: Knowing Thyself and Others: Progress in Metacognitive Social Psychology

Knowing Thyself and Others: Progress in Metacognitive Social Psychology
Knowing thyself and others: Progress in metacognitive social psychology
ThomasO.Nelson, ArieW.Kruglanski and JohnT.Jost

The social world requires that we make a staggering number of decisions about the extent and nature of our own knowledge and beliefs as well as decisions about the extent and nature of other people's knowledge and beliefs. We rely continuously upon the advice of friends, family members, experts, colleagues, doctors, therapists, lawyers, accountants, and countless others in deciding how to handle complicated and consequential situations in domains as vitally important to us as health, education, friendship, romance, avocation, law, finance, and politics. In such situations, we are forced to make complicated calculations about the quantity and quality of other people's knowledge. Often, we choose ...

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