Metacognition & Memory Lab Members  



Janet Metcalfe

Current research centers on how people know what they know, that is, their metacognitive abilities, and whether they use this evolutionarily unique ability efficaciously--for effective self-control. We have been studying people's abilities to make judgments of their own learning, focusing on a theoretical perspective that proposes that they are able to hone in on their own Region of Proximal Learning--items on which further study yield maximum learning payoffs. Recent theoretical efforts have been directed at clearly specifying the heuristics underlying how people isolate this region. Thus, we investigate what it is that people choose to study. However, it is also necessary to investigate whether what they choose to study is advantageous or not. Of course, the limitations in human metacognitive judgments figure large in this research program. (Curriculum Vitae)



Matti Vuorre, 5th Year PhD Student

I study how people monitor and control their thoughts, memories and actions, and the role of consciousness in these higher-order operations.



Zachary Bucknoff, 4th Year PhD Student

Broadly, I'm interested in how agency works. I intend to study the cognitive mechanisms that contribute to a feeling of control over ones actions and their outcomes, as well as the external cues the mind uses to make such judgments.


Kelsey Ables
Emily Towner
Caitlin Connolly
Nina Plotnikov

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