Evidence for animal metaminds

Justin J. Couchman, Michael J. Beran, Mariana V.C. Coutinho, Joseph Boomer and J. David Smith

in Foundations of Metacognition

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199646739
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745867 | DOI:
Evidence for animal metaminds

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Humans have the ability to monitor their own cognition and change their behaviour based on information gleaned from that monitoring. We think about our own thinking, and are often fully aware of our mental states. This metacognitive ability is closely linked to, and may be the basis for, human consciousness.

Keywords: metacognition; uncertainty monitoring; monkeys; perception; psychophysics; memory; comparative psychology; consciousness

Chapter.  8209 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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