Cognitive Feelings of Knowing, Familiarity, and Tip of the Tongue

James D. Laird

in Feelings

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780195098891
Published online April 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199893614 | DOI:

Series: Series in Affective Science

Cognitive Feelings of Knowing, Familiarity, and Tip of the Tongue

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This chapter discusses a loosely related group of research programs that have developed quite independently of self-perception theory, but which share its basic insight. This research has looked at various kinds of “cognitive feelings.” These are feelings about our mental processes. A familiar example is the “tip-of-the-tongue” feeling that you know something, even though you cannot at the moment remember it. Another is the feeling of familiarity that tells you that you have encountered something before, although you cannot recall when. Feelings of this sort turn out to be based on our self-perception of a variety of features of our remembering processes, such as the ease with which we can begin to process the stimulus object.

Keywords: self-perception; cognitive feelings; knowing; familiarity

Chapter.  10326 words. 

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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