Know yourself

Metacognition is informally described as the self-reflective process that gives an individual privileged access into their own mind. Some psychologists make an analogy with a homunculus, an inner self that is able to observe everything that occurs inside the mind. In the ideal, this metacognitive self would provide an exact reflection of the mind’s contents, the way a mirror does, allowing individuals to examine and report the contents of their minds perfectly. As our everyday experience shows and research proves, our metacognitive abilities are often far from this ideal. Professor Son will focus on several areas of research, including whether the metacognitive process makes humans special, how it relates to learning, and the failure to know our own minds.



Associate Professor of Psychology, Barnard College

Dr. Lisa Son, an Associate Professor of Cognitive Psychology at Barnard College, specializes in human learning and memory, and in metacognition. Her research focuses on how people learn, and on the optimization of long-term retention. She has studied metacognitive behavior in a range of populations, including normal adults, children, and monkeys. Receiving a BA from the University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. from Columbia University, her work has been published in prestigious journals including Educational Psychology Review, Memory and Cognition, Psychological Science, and Cognitive Science. She has received funding from the U.S. Department of Education and the American Psychological Society for her work on applications in elementary school-aged children. Most recently, Dr. Son was named a Fulbright Scholar, which has allowed her to begin to examine educational differences more broadly across South Korea and the US.


6:30 PM @ Fabbrica


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