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Metacognitive Diversity: An Interdisciplinary Approach

Joëlle Proust and Martin Fortier


This book focuses on the variability of metacognitive skills across cultures. Metacognition refers to the processes that enable agents to contextually control their first-order cognitive activity (e.g. perceiving, remembering, learning, or problem-solving) by monitoring them, i.e. assessing their likely success. It is involved in our daily observations, such as “I don’t remember where my keys are,” or “I understand your point.” These assessments may rely either on specialized feelings (e.g. the felt fluency involved in distinguishing familiar from new environments, informative from repetitive ... More

Keywords: metacognitive feelings, fluency, sensitivity to own ignorance, social metacognition, self-concept, embodied practices, rituals, lay theories, religious cognition, cognitive anthropology

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Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198789710
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198789710.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joëlle Proust, editor
Emeritus Director of Research, CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris

Martin Fortier, editor
Doctoral student at Institut Jean Nicod, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales & Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris, France, Institut Jean Nicod, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales & Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris

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Chapter 1 Metacognitive diversity across cultures

Joëlle Proust and Martin Fortier

Part I Introducing metacognition

Part II How does metacognition develop? Cross-cultural studies

Chapter 6 Developmental diversity in mindreading and metacognition

Sunae Kim, Ameneh Shahaeian, and Joëlle Proust

Part III Metacognition in communication

Part IV Metacognitive regulation and self-concept

Chapter 11 The world as we see it

Veronica X. Yan and Daphna Oyserman

Chapter 12 Learning

Ulrich Kühnen and Marieke van Egmond

Part V Metacognition within religious practices

Chapter 15 Depletion and deprivation

Uffe Schjødt and Jeppe Sinding Jensen

Part VI Do epistemic norms vary across cultures?

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