meta·​cog·​ni·​tion | \-käg-ˈni-shən \

Definition of metacognition 

: awareness or analysis of one's own learning or thinking processes research on metacognition … has demonstrated the value of monitoring one's own cognitive processes— Colette A. Daiute

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Miyamoto says that this new technique will pave the way for the study of metamemory in other animals, and even humans—and will allow researchers to look more closely at the different types of metacognition. Ben Panko, Smithsonian, "A Wise Monkey Knows How Little He Knows," 13 Jan. 2017

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1972, in the meaning defined above

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