Dynamics of Metacognitive Judgments: Pre- and Postretrieval Mechanisms

David Vernon*, Marius Usher

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Two experiments examined the temporal course of pre- and postretrieval mechanisms using a new kind of dynamic metacognitive judgment. Experiment 1 presented participants with primed and unprimed triples of remote associates to a target word and required them to provide repeated metacognitive judgments, 4 times during a 12-s interval, about the likelihood that they would later recognize the target. Both familiarity with the words and the processing time were associated with changes in metacognitive evaluations. Experiment 2 placed pre- and postretrieval mechanisms in opposition by transforming an element of a previously primed question. For transformed questions this led to high initial ratings, which decreased over time, while for novel questions the ratings were initially lower and increased with time. The results are discussed in terms of pre- and postretrieval mechanisms interacting over time.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)339-346
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: Learning Memory and Cognition
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 2003
Externally publishedYes


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