PSYC 325 Chapter : psyc 325 - ch 9 definition - Metamemory

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Allow us to reflect on own memory processes and actively and expertly self- reuglate own memory processes reflect on what we know/not. Some animals have rudimentary metamemory processes, but abilities are processes unique to humans. Allow us to focus on most difficult items if those are what we need to focus on or inform us we have studied enough. Hot topic in first decade of 21st century to understand learning and memory improvement. Ex. state you are confident you will remember vocabulary you just studied during test or when sure will not recall word. Can occur at time of learning or time of retrieval can occur for semantic/episodic inofmraiotn. Nelson likened this to a thermomter thermometer tell us ambient temperature, metamemory tell us state of our personal memories. Essential person become consciously aware of whether inofmraiotn is accessible in memory or not. Tip-of the tongue think will remember it soon; like noting.

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