The Dual Function Of Metacognition: The Interplay Between Regulation And Monitoring.

The general goal of this project is to increase our understanding of the interplay between metacognitive monitoring and metacognitive regulation. Capitalising on knowledge of how people intentionally monitor and control their cognitive activity, I will investigate how metacognitive processes interact in situations in which the scope of possible intentional regulation is limited in various ways. I will aim to determine whether and how paying attention to the effects of monitoring influences the regulatory processes; whether the increased need for regulation changes the monitoring processes and their accuracy; and whether and how metacognitive processes are regulated. I plan to do four behavioural studies using a set of tasks that engage different cognitive processes such as visual perception, episodic memory, and semantic memory. These tasks also differ in the way in which regulation might occur.
The obtained data will allow contemporary models of metacognition to be modified so that they can account for the complex relationships between cognition and metacognition. Consequently, the data will also contribute to the development of a theory that describes how metacognitive processes work, regardless of the type of task faced by the cognitive system.