meta·​cog·​ni·​tion | \ ˌme-tə-käg-ˈni-shən How to pronounce metacognition (audio) \

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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Recent Examples on the Web Of course, metacognition isn't the only mental process going on in people. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Political radicals don’t evaluate their own errors—about anything," 21 Dec. 2018 And the effectiveness of their metacognition could be evaluated using the accuracy of their answers. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Political radicals don’t evaluate their own errors—about anything," 21 Dec. 2018 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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“Metacognition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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