Social Metacognition

Edited by Pablo Briñol, Kenneth DeMarree

© 2012 – Psychology Press

384 pages | 4 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9781848728844
pub: 2011-12-12
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About the Book

Metacognition refers to thinking about our own thinking. It has assumed a prominent role in social judgment because our thoughts about our thoughts can magnify, attenuate, or even reverse the impact of primary cognition. Metacognitive thoughts can also produce changes in thought, feeling, and behavior, and thus are critical for a complete understanding of human social behavior.

The present volume presents the most important and advanced research areas in social psychology where the role of metacognition has been studied. Specifically, the chapters of this book are organized into four substantive content areas: Attitudes and Decision Making, Self and Identity, Experiential, and Interpersonal. Each section consists in several chapters summarizing much of the work done in recent decades on critical topics, such as attitude strength, persuasion, bias correction, self-regulation, subjective feelings, embodiment, and prejudice, among others. This book also emphasizes interpersonal aspects of metacognition as they play an essential role in close relationships, groups, consumer and clinical interactions. Each chapter is written by an expert in the field, and presents a state-of-the-art view of the many ways metacognition has been examined by social psychologists.


"Social Metacognition is the first comprehensive review of this particular subject. Metacognition refers to the act of thinking about thinking; in a social psychology context, it refers to how those self-reflective thoughts influence social judgment and actions. The 17 essays in this volume represent the best of current understanding across a range of social contexts. These volumes will be most useful to those well versed in social and cognitive psychology. Summing Up: Recommended." - M. Bonner, Hawai'i Pacific University, CHOICE

Table of Contents

P. Briñol, K.G. DeMarree, Social Metacognition: Thinking About Thinking in Social Psychology. Part 1. Attitudes and Decision Making. P.S. Visser, A.L. Holbrook, Metacognitive Determinants of Attitude Strength. B.C. Wagner, P. Briñol, R.E. Petty, Dimensions of Metacognitive Judgment: Implications for Attitude Change. D. Dunning, Confidence Considered: Assessing the Quality of Decisions and Performance. D.T. Wegener, P.P. Silva, R.E. Petty, T. Garcia-Marques, The Metacognition of Bias Regulation. Part 2. Self and Identity. K.G. DeMarree, K.R. Morrison, What Do I Think About Who I Am? Metacognition and the Self-Concept. A. Achtziger, S.E. Martiny, G. Oettingen, P.M. Gollwitzer, Metacognitive Processes in the Self-Regulation of Goal Pursuit. E. Schryer, M. Ross, People’s Thoughts About Their Personal Pasts and Futures. L.K. Son, N. Kornell, B. Finn, J.F. Cantlon, Metacognition and the Social Animal. Part 3. Experiential Metacognition. L.J. Sanna, K.B. Lundberg, The Experience of Thinking: Metacognitive Ease, Fluency, and Context. J.R. Huntsinger, G.L. Clore, Emotion and Social Metacognition. P. Briñol, R.E. Petty, B. Wagner, Embodied Validation: Our Body Can Change and Also Validate Our Thoughts. Part 4. Interpersonal Metacognition. V.Y. Yzerbyt, S. Demoulin, Metacognition in Stereotypes and Prejudice. J. Vorauer, Do You See What I See? Antecedents, Consequences, and Remedies for Biased Metacognition in Close Relationships. L. Thompson, T.R. Cohen, Metacognition in Teams and Organizations. D.D. Rucker, Z.L. Tormala, Metacognitive Theory in Consumer Research. A. Wells, Metacognition and Psychological Therapy.

About the Series

Frontiers of Social Psychology

Frontiers of Social Psychology is a new series of domain-specific handbooks. The purpose of each volume is to provide readers with a cutting-edge overview of the most recent theoretical, methodological, and practical developments in a substantive area of social psychology, in greater depth than is possible in general social psychology handbooks. The Editors and contributors are all internationally renowned scholars, whose work is at the cutting-edge of research.

Scholarly, yet accessible, the volumes in the Frontiers series are an essential resource for senior undergraduates, postgraduates, researchers, and practitioners, and are suitable as texts in advanced courses in specific sub-areas of social psychology.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Social Psychology