How do you know what you know and what you don’t know? How can you tell if you have learned something well enough for an upcoming test? Listen to Dr. Aaron Benjamin (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) talk about metacognition, the scientific study of how people know what they know.

In this video, Dr. Josh Walker (Center for Teaching and Learning at The University of Texas at Austin), gives a brief introduction to what learning scientists call metacognition.


About the Author

Aaron Benjamin (Ph.D., UCLA) is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He also holds appointments in the Program in Neuroscience and at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology. Dr. Benjamin’s research interests are in human, animal, and artificial memory; computational representations of knowledge; applications of basic principles of learning in training environments; and memory in elderly and pathological human populations. He will begin as Chair-elect of the Psychonomic Society in 2016 and assume the role of Chair in 2017.

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