metacognition

noun
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

Examples of metacognition in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are many other ways in which rats and humans are similar: For instance, like humans, rats get addicted to substances, such as cocaine; are aware of their own knowledge, a concept called metacognition; and exhibit violence when overcrowded. National Geographic, "THE BEST OF NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DELIVERED TO YOUR INBOX," 5 Mar. 2020 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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/metacognition. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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