Exploring the neural basis of metacognition: how we think about thinking, and how we assess the accuracy of our decisions, judgements and other aspects of our mental performance.
Metacognition is an important-sounding word for a very everyday process. We ‘metacognize’ whenever we reflect upon our thinking process and knowledge. It’s something we do on a moment-to-moment basis … “We reflect on our thoughts, feelings, judgements and decisions, assessing their accuracy and validity all day long“. This kind of introspection is crucial for making good decisions. Do I really want that bar of chocolate? Do I want to go out tonight? Will I enjoy myself? Am I aiming at the right target? Is my aim accurate? Will I hit it? How sure am I that I’m right? Is that really the correct answer?