Metacognition is the process of thinking about how you think. It’s a form of self-awareness. By understanding how you think and make decisions, you can think more clearly, make better decisions and avoid negative influences on your thinking patterns.
Summary by The World of Work Project
Metacognition is the name given to the process of thinking about your thinking. It’s a specific form of self-awareness focused on though processes and decision making.
Metacognition allows people to not just understand their current thought processes, but also allows them to learn about how their thought processes form and develop, and the types of things that influence them.
Metacognition is a helpful skill because it can help people understand and overcome the cognitive biases they might have and the cognitive errors they might make. It’s increasingly important in a world where individuals and organizations set out to influence the decision making processes of others through activities such as nudging, choice architecture or simply persuasive techniques.
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