The Cognitive Neuroscience of Metacognition

  • Stephen M. Fleming
  • Christopher D. Frith

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Stephen M. Fleming, Christopher D. Frith
    Pages 1-6
  3. Quantifying Metacognition for the Neurosciences

  4. Computational Approaches to Metacognition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Adam Kepecs, Zachary F. Mainen
      Pages 115-145
    3. Stephen M. Fleming, Benedetto De Martino
      Pages 169-187
    4. Dan Bang, Ali Mahmoodi, Karsten Olsen, Andreas Roepstorff, Geraint Rees, Chris Frith et al.
      Pages 189-221
  5. Cognitive Neuroscience of Metacognition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 223-223
    2. Paul G. Middlebrooks, Zachary M. Abzug, Marc A. Sommer
      Pages 225-244
    3. Stephen M. Fleming, Raymond J. Dolan
      Pages 245-265
    4. Valerian Chambon, Elisa Filevich, Patrick Haggard
      Pages 321-342
  6. Neuropsychiatric Disorders of Metacognition

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 343-343
    2. Anthony S. David, Nicholas Bedford, Ben Wiffen, James Gilleen
      Pages 345-365
    3. Janet Metcalfe, Jared X. Van Snellenberg, Pamela DeRosse, Peter Balsam, Anil K. Malhotra
      Pages 367-387
    4. Stephanie Cosentino
      Pages 389-407

About this book


Metacognition is the capacity to reflect upon and evaluate cognition and behaviour. Long of interest to philosophers and psychologists, metacognition has recently become the target of research in the cognitive neurosciences. By combining brain imaging, computational modeling, neuropsychology and insights from psychiatry, the present book offers a picture of the metacognitive functions of the brain.

Chapters cover the definition and measurement of metacognition in humans and non-human animals, the computational underpinnings of metacognitive judgments, the cognitive neuroscience of self-monitoring ranging from confidence to error-monitoring, and neuropsychiatric studies of disorders of metacognition.

This book provides an invaluable overview of a rapidly emerging and important field within cognitive neuroscience.


cognitive neuroscience computation metacognition self-awareness

Editors and affiliations

  • Stephen M. Fleming
    • 1
  • Christopher D. Frith
    • 2
  1. 1.Center for Neural ScienceNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Aarhus University HospitalAarhus CDenmark

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