Metacognition is “thinking about thinking”. In developing thinking skills in humans we have been designing tools that enhance our ability to do metacognition.

But can animals do metacognition? Evidence Points To Conscious ‘Metacognition’ In Some Nonhuman Animals.

J. David Smith, Ph.D., a comparative psychologist at the University at Buffalo who has conducted extensive studies in animal cognition, says there is growing evidence that animals share functional parallels with human conscious metacognition — that is, they may share humans’ ability to reflect upon, monitor or regulate their states of mind.

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3 thoughts on “Metacognition: Can animals do it?

  1. Anyone who spends time observing the behaviors of a cockatoo will have no problem identifying with these research findings.

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