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Mechanisms of Metacognition

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Metacognition refers to insight into one’s cognitive processes and its relationship to sensory awareness has become a subject of great interest. The aim of this Special Research Topic is to examine the role of metacognitive processes in models of consciousness, as well as their relation to psychological ...

Metacognition refers to insight into one’s cognitive processes and its relationship to sensory awareness has become a subject of great interest. The aim of this Special Research Topic is to examine the role of metacognitive processes in models of consciousness, as well as their relation to psychological constructs such as attention, and to consider computational/statistical models of metacognitive processes.

We welcome submissions that address questions such as:
1) which brain areas play a key role in metacognitive processes; 2) how are metacognitive processes affected by brain injury or disease; 3) which factors modulate our insight to cognitive processes, such as working memory, attention and action planning; 4) how does metacognition develop throughout childhood/adolescence, and how is it affected by aging; 5) how is metacognition computationally implemented in the brain; 6) which statistical models (e.g. Signal Detection Theory, Bayesian models) best explain metacognitive ratings.

We encourage researchers to submit new empirical work, as well as theoretical papers and commentaries. Research based on behavioral studies as well as neuroimaging and neurostimulation research is welcome.


Keywords: Awareness, Confidence, Working memory, Executive Functions, Computational/Statistical models


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