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Chapter 16: Meta-imagery processes among elite sport performers.

MacIntyre, Tadhg and Moran, Aidan (2010) Chapter 16: Meta-imagery processes among elite sport performers. In: The neurophysiological foundations of mental and motor imagery. Oxford University Press, pp. 227-244. ISBN 978-0-19-954625-1 [Book section]

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A unique feature of the human species is that people not only think – but also reflect upon their own thinking. This self-reflective activity – ‘thinking about thinking’ – lies at the heart of the construct of meta-cognition (see Dunlosky and Metcalfe 2008, for a recent overview of this topic). As the prefix of this term, ‘meta’, literally means ‘above’, it is clear that the cornerstone of metacognition is the proposition that some cognitive processes appear to operate at a higher level than other such processes. For example, most adults can not only read (a cognitive process) but are also able to evaluate the degree to which they understand the meaning of what they read (‘metacomprehension’ – a meta-cognitive process). So, the term ‘meta-cognition’ refers to ‘the scientific study of the mind’s ability to monitor and control itself or, in other words, the study of our ability to know about our knowing’ (Van Overschelde 2008, p. 47). But it goes further than that. Thus Halpern (2003) defines meta-cognition not only as ‘our knowledge of what we know’ (p. 19) but also as ‘the use of this knowledge to direct further learning activities’. So, in summary, the construct of meta-cognition refers to people’s knowledge and monitoring of, and ability to exert strategic control over, their own mental processes (Moran 2004).

Item Type:Book section
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Life and Health Sciences
Faculty of Life and Health Sciences > School of Sport
Research Institutes and Groups:Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute
Sport and Exercise Sciences Research Institute > Centre for Sports Science and Sports Medicine
ID Code:11649
Deposited By: Dr Tadhg MacIntyre
Deposited On:08 Feb 2010 11:55
Last Modified:09 Dec 2015 10:44

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