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Metacognition in Strategy Selection

Giving Consciousness Too Much Credit
  • Melanie Cary
  • Lynne M. Reder

Abstract

Many researchers believe that metacognitive processes regulate strategy selection. Another common assumption is that metacognitive processes, such as strategy selection, entail conscious processing or decision making. In this chapter, we examine whether conscious awareness is a critical aspect of strategy selection. We review evidence that first establishes that strategy selection varies both across and within individuals in response to dynamic features of the environment. Then, we present evidence that strategy adaptation can occur without (a) conscious consideration of different strategies or (b) conscious awareness of factors influencing one’s strategy use. Specifically, shifts in strategy use occurred when people seemed to be unaware (a) that there were shifts in their strategy use or (b) that there were changes in the characteristics of the environment that, nonetheless, affected their strategy use.

Key words

Metacognition Strategy selection Cognitive processes Adaptivity Implicit learning 

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Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2002

Authors and Affiliations

  • Melanie Cary
    • 1
  • Lynne M. Reder
    • 1
  1. 1.Carnegie Mellon UniversityUSA

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