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Comparative Metacognition

Carruthers, Peter, Williams, David M. (2019) Comparative Metacognition. Animal Behavior and Cognition, 6 (4). pp. 278-288. ISSN 2372-5052. (doi:10.26451/abc.06.04.08.2019)

Abstract

We argue that comparative psychologists have been too quick to jump to metacognitive interpretations of their data. We examine two such cases in some detail. One concerns so-called "uncertainty monitoring" behavior, which we show to be better explained in terms of first-order estimates of risk. The other concerns informational search, which we argue is better explained in terms of a first-order curiosity-like motivation that directs questions at the environment.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.26451/abc.06.04.08.2019
Uncontrolled keywords: Curiosity, Interest, Metacognition, Question, Risk evaluation, Uncertainty
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: David Williams
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2019 14:21 UTC
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2020 04:12 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/78263 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Williams, David M.: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2973-7677
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