meta·​cog·​ni·​tion ˌme-tə-käg-ˈni-shən How to pronounce metacognition (audio)
: awareness or analysis of one's own learning or thinking processes
research on metacognition … has demonstrated the value of monitoring one's own cognitive processesColette A. Daiute

Examples of metacognition in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are many flavors of CBT, but most deal in one way or another with metacognition. Avery Hurt, Discover Magazine, 28 Feb. 2023 So Dijkstra, under the direction of Steve Fleming, a metacognition expert at University College London, set up a modern version of the experiment that avoided the problem. Yasemin Saplakoglu, Quanta Magazine, 24 May 2023 Although the uncertainty test is a classic way to demonstrate metacognition, there may be other explanations for these dogs’ behavior. Sabina Schrynemakers, Discover Magazine, 14 Oct. 2021 Fleming notes that metacognition is a skill. The New Yorker, 16 Aug. 2021 As kids got older, their metacognition got better all around. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 12 Aug. 2014 Human decision-making strategies are strongly influenced by an awareness of certainty or uncertainty (a form of metacognition) to increase the chances of making a right choice. Seriously Science, Discover Magazine, 12 Nov. 2013 Our volunteers have already generated some evidence for canine metacognition as well as new ideas and directions for future research. Sabina Schrynemakers, Discover Magazine, 14 Oct. 2021 Results of metacognition tests in young subjects have been mixed. Elizabeth Preston, Discover Magazine, 12 Aug. 2014 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1972, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of metacognition was in 1972

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“Metacognition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Mar. 2024.

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