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meta-cognitionMetakognition (ger.)

  • Awareness and understanding of one's own thought processes, esp. regarded as having a role in directing those processes. As a count noun: a metacognitive perception, notion, or intuition. (OED 2012)
    The lower-order process often proceeds without any meta-cognition [...] Examples of meta-cognition in memory are recollection […] and intentional learning
    Gleitman, L.R., Gleitman, H. & Shipley, E.F. (1972). The emergence of the child as grammarian. Cognition 1, 137-164: 161.