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The workings of metacognition in decision-making

Objective

Decision-making is one of the most fundamental parts of our daily life. Undoubtedly, when having to select a course of action reflective monitoring and control of our decision process (metacognition) is of crucial importance. For instance, when a doctor has to make a medical decision, information from different sources are being accrued and combined to form a diagnosis (e.g. information from MRI images and from the anamnesis), but when a doctor is uncertain about the quality of the decision additional tests can be considered. Despite the importance of effective decision-making in all aspects of life, it’s currently unclear how our metacognitive system operates and how common factors such as sleepiness and tiredness, well known to induce fragmentation of cognition, influence our metacognitive abilities. In sum, at the moment it remains unclear how and when we are capable of knowing that we know and knowing how we perform.
In this proposal, I will outline an innovative research program that investigates the psychological and neural mechanisms of metacognition, thereby intersecting the relationship between cognition, consciousness and wakefulness. I will combine computational modeling, state-of-the-art methods from neuroscience and experimental designs from cognitive psychology and sleep research, thus optimally exploiting and expanding my scientific expertise. Moreover, I will reveal how our metacognitive capabilities are affected by sleepiness, providing valuable practical input for modern societal challenges related to tiredness while working or driving.

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THE CHANCELLOR MASTERS AND SCHOLARS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE
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€ 269 857,80
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Trinity Lane The Old Schools
CB2 1TN Cambridge
United Kingdom
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
Region
East of England East Anglia Cambridgeshire CC

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THE REGENTS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA

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United States
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Franklin Street 1111 12 Floor
94607 Oakland Ca
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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€ 0,00
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Partner organisations contribute to the implementation of the action, but do not sign the Grant Agreement.

RESEARCH FOUNDATION OF THE CITY UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK
United States
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West 41St Street 230 7Th Floor
10036 New York
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Other
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€ 172 130,40