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Front. Psychol. | doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2019.02404

The role of metacognitive components in creative thinking

 Xiaoyu Jia1*, Weijian Li2 and Liren Cao3
  • 1Southwest University, China
  • 2Zhejiang Normal University, China
  • 3Zhejiang University, China

Metacognition refers to the knowledge and regulation of one’s own cognitive processes, which has been regarded as a critical component of creative thinking. However, the current literature on the association between metacognition and creative thinking remains controversial, and the underlying role of metacognition in the creative process appears to be insufficiently explored and explained. This review focuses on the roles of three aspects of metacognition (i.e., metacognitive knowledge, metacognitive experience, and metacognitive monitoring and control) in creative thinking and offers a primary summary of the neurocognitive mechanisms that support metacognition during creative thinking. Future research is needed to explore the interactive effects of the metacognitive components on creative thinking and to elucidate the function of metacognition during different stages of the creative process.

Keywords: creative thinking, metacognitive knowledge, Metacognitive experience, Metacognitive monitoring and control, Creative pro cess

Received: 06 May 2019; Accepted: 08 Oct 2019.

Copyright: © 2019 Jia, Li and Cao. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

* Correspondence: Mx. Xiaoyu Jia, Southwest University, Chongqing, China,