Metamemory

How accurate is your knowledge/memory of a particular subject? How do you know that you know, or that you don’t know? 

Metamemory is your self-awareness of your memory processes, memory contents, strategies that you used (or should use) to keep things in mind. Metamemory is not memory itself but rather knowledge about memory. Metamemory research includes several metamemory phenomena, such as memory monitoring (are you certain that you remember your passport number correctly?), feeling of knowing (even if you don’t remember your passport number now, could you remember it in the future?), or judgement of learning (as reading this short paragraph, how much have you learned what metamemory is?). In our lab, we are interested in confidence judgments for different types of information, the ability to remember information in the future that is currently unrecallable to you as well as the interplay between these high-level cognitive processes and lower level processes. 

If you are interested in learning more about our research on metamemory, here are some relevant references:

Baran, B., Tekcan, A. İ., Gürvit, H., & Boduroğlu, A. (2009). Episodic memory and metamemory for nouns and verbs in Parkinson’s Disease patients. Neuropsychology, 23, 736-745. [PubMed]

Tekcan, A. İ., Topçuoğlu, V., & Kaya, B. (2007). Memory and metamemory for semantic information in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 45, 2164-2172. [PubMed]

Tuna, Ş., Tekcan, A. İ., & Topçuoğlu, V. (2005). Memory and metamemory in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 43, 15-27. [PubMed]