Self-Awareness as Metacognition about Own Self Concept

Alexei V. Samsonovich, Anastasia Kitsantas, Nada Dabbagh, Kenneth A. De Jong

Implementation of agency in a cognitive system implies that certain beliefs, values and/or goals represented in the system become, if implicitly, attributed to the self of the agent. When the cognitive system becomes explicitly aware of this attribution, it acquires a self-regulation capacity allowing it to control, modify and develop its self-concept together with the attitudes attributed to the self, adjusting to dynamically changing contexts and personal experience. The leverage of self-awareness understood in this sense consists in increased robustness, flexibility and integrity of the cognitive system, as illustrated by a paradigm of self-regulated learning.

Subjects: 2. Architectures; 4. Cognitive Modeling

Submitted: May 5, 2008

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