Metacognition module (PY51020)

Explore current knowledge on metacognition and the crucial role it plays in our lives

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Metacognition represents the ability to reflect on and evaluate our knowledge, experiences, and behaviours, with crucial consequences in everyday life.

Metacognitive insight modulates learning, adaptive decision-making, error monitoring, and exploration behaviour.

In fact, marked alteration in metacognitive insight is associated with a range of psychiatric disorders, along with sub-clinical symptom dimensions and belief-structures.

This module will provide an overview of research to date on metacognition and the crucial role it plays in our lives. It will cover neurotypical metacognitive processes, as well as metacognitive deficits associated with a range of neuropsychiatric symptoms and disorders.

What you will learn

In this module, you will:

  • learn about the fields of metacognition and metacognitive defects associated with psychopathology
  • learn about the common methodologies and paradigms in the area
  • explore existing knowledge on metacognitive deficits across distinct neuropsychiatric disorders, and their revelations regarding the psychological and biological factors underlying neurotypical metacognition

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • critically evaluate relevant research and contrast competing theories

Assignments / assessment

  • two coursework essays, 2,500 words each (100%)

This module does not have a final exam.

Teaching methods / timetable

  • ten 2-hour seminars


This module is available on following courses: