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Metarepresentational Versus Control Theories of Metacognition
Santiago Arango Munoz

Last modified: 2010-07-07


It is still unclear what metacognition is. Two main theories about metacognition are reviewed, each of which claims to provide a better explanation of the phenomenon, while discrediting the other theory as inappropriate. My claim is that in order to do justice to the complex phenomenon of metacognition, we must distinguish two levels of this capacity. It can be shown that each of these theories has been trying to explain only one of the two levels and that, consequently, the conflict between them can be dissolved. Finally, I characterize each level and explain some of their interactions.


metacognition; metarepresentation; control; feelings; dual-process theories;

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