Introspection-Accuracy

Introspection-Accuracy

When answering a question, your accuracy in assessing whether you have gotten the answer right—or wrong—might depend on the volume of gray matter in a certain part of your brain, according to a new study.

Introspection—or metacognition, self-awareness about one’s thinking—is a high-level mental process. “Accurate introspection requires discriminating correct decisions from incorrect ones, a capacity that varies substantially across individuals,” researchers behind the new findings explained in their study.

“Someone who has good introspective ability will accurately be able to know” if they were correct in their assessment of an image, explains Steven Fleming, a cognitive neuroscientist at the Wellcome Trust Centre for Neuroimaging at University College London and co-author of the new study.

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