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Corresponding author: Benjamin M. Basile, Department of Psychology and Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University, 36 Eagle Row, Atlanta, GA, 30322, Phone: 404-727-9619, bbasile@emory.edu.


Research Funding:

This work was supported by the National Science Foundation (grant 0745573), the National Center for Research Resources P51RR000165, the Office of Research Infrastructure Programs / OD P51OD011132, the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience under the Science and Technology Center Program of the National Science Foundation (under agreement IBN-9876754), and the National Institute of Mental Health (grant R01M H082819).


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Metacognition as discrimination: Commentary on Smith et al. (2014)


Journal Title:

Journal of Comparative Psychology


Volume 128, Number 2


, Pages 135-137

Type of Work:

Article | Post-print: After Peer Review


Smith, Couchman, and Beran (2014, pp. 115-131) critique recent "low-level" associative process models of nonhuman metacognition. We agree with many aspects of their critique. However, the alternative account they offer may not help specify the mechanisms of metacognition. We propose a middle-ground approach, based on the methods of comparative psychophysics, by which metacognition is treated as a discrimination problem.

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© 2014 American Psychological Association.

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