Metacognition in teams and organizations

Leigh Thompson, Taya R. Cohen

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Metacognition is cognition about cognition, thinking about thinking, know-ing about knowing, and feeling about thinking (Alter & Oppenheimer, 2009; Petty, Briñol, Tormala, & Wegener, 2007; Schwarz, Sanna, Skurnik, & Yoon, 2007). In the case of teams and groups, metacognition is team members thinking about how their team processes information, works on problems, and feels about the team process (Hinsz, 2004; Hinsz, Tindale, & Vollrath, 1997). Similarly, in the case of organizations, metacognition is members of organizations thinking about how their organization functions and feels about the way their organization functions. We use the distinction between primary and secondary cognition to guide our review (Petty et al., 2007). Primary thoughts are those that occur at a direct level of cognition and involve people’s initial associations. Following a primary thought, people can also generate secondary thoughts (i.e., metacognitions) that occur as reections on the rst-level thoughts or the processes that generated the primary thoughts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationSocial Metacognition
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages20
ISBN (Electronic)9781135234102
ISBN (Print)9781848728844
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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