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 This metacognition will leave you calm and empowered. Arthur C. Brooks, The Atlantic, 28 Apr. 2022 Psychologists refer to this type of process as metacognition, which can be loosely defined as thinking about your thoughts and feelings. Matt Fitzgerald, Outside Online, 26 Feb. 2022 Yet this discomfort will actually help you with your learning and recall, according to Lisa Son, Professor of Psychology at Barnard College, who specializes in human learning, memory and metacognition. Liz Guthridge, Forbes, 29 Oct. 2021 This is the value of metacognition, or thinking about thinking. Catherine Franssen For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, 18 Nov. 2021 Leadership has evolved significantly, and self-awareness coupled with metacognition are core competencies that will keep you out of the press and adding value daily. Expert Panel®, Forbes, 2 Sep. 2021 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, 5 Mar. 2020 Of course, metacognition isn't the only mental process going on in people. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 21 Dec. 2018 And the effectiveness of their metacognition could be evaluated using the accuracy of their answers. John Timmer, Ars Technica, 21 Dec. 2018 See More

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1972, in the meaning defined above

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“Metacognition.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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