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Metacognition of Concepts

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Project "MetCogCon" data sheet

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Organization address
city: LONDON
postcode: WC1E 7HU

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 1˙955˙270 €
 EC max contribution 1˙955˙270 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
 Code Call ERC-2015-CoG
 Funding Scheme ERC-COG
 Starting year 2016
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2016-09-01   to  2021-08-31


Take a look of project's partnership.

# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    UNIVERSITY OF LONDON UK (LONDON) coordinator 1˙095˙343.00
3    CITY UNIVERSITY OF LONDON UK (LONDON) participant 202˙883.00


 Project objective

This project will investigate the thoughts and feelings that accompany the use of concepts. Concepts lie at the heart of the extraordinary power of the human mind. They are the building blocks of thought, the tools with which we think. Like physical tools, they can be more or less dependable, more or less fit for purpose: e.g. for most people GENE feels like a better concept than MEME. We have an intuitive sense of how dependable a concept is, which is crucial when we decide whether to rely on the concept. It can underpin our decision to reject some concepts (e.g. RACE) and embrace others in our theorising (e.g SPECIES). Similarly in everyday thinking: when concepts are selected for reasoning and induction, and when different cognitive processes compete for control of action, the metacognition that accompanies the concepts involved will have a powerful effect. However, metacognition directed at concepts is still poorly understood. We lack even a clear theoretical framework to underpin research in this area.

That is unfortunate because developing an account of people’s metacognitive understanding of their concepts is likely to tell us important things about concepts and about cognitive control; and to solve some thorny philosophical problems. MetCogCon takes up that opportunity. The project will be the first systematic investigation of the scope of metacognition as it applies to concepts. We propose to combine the analytic methods developed by philosophers of mind and cognitive science with psychological model-building and experimental investigation. The insights gained in the project could have important implications for policies about how to reason in everyday and in scientific/philosophical contexts, by outlining when the cues and heuristics that underpin our decisions to embrace or reject particular concepts can and cannot be trusted. Most significantly, the project promises to increase our understanding of a fundamental aspect of the human mind.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2019 Jake Quilty‐Dunn
Is Iconic Memory Iconic?
published pages: , ISSN: 0031-8205, DOI: 10.1111/phpr.12625
Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 2020-04-15
2020 Cecilia Heyes, Dan Bang, Nicholas Shea, Christopher D. Frith, Stephen M. Fleming
Knowing Ourselves Together: The Cultural Origins of Metacognition
published pages: , ISSN: 1364-6613, DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2020.02.007
Trends in Cognitive Sciences 2020-04-01
2019 Nicholas Shea, Chris D. Frith
The Global Workspace Needs Metacognition
published pages: 560-571, ISSN: 1364-6613, DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2019.04.007
Trends in Cognitive Sciences 23/7 2019-10-09
2019 Joulia Smortchkova, M. Murez
Representational Kinds
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Mental representations: the foundation of cognitive science? 2019-07-25
2019 Jake Quilty-Dunn
Attention and Encapsulation
published pages: , ISSN: 1468-0017, DOI:
Mind & Language 2019-07-25
2018 Jake Quilty-Dunn
Unconscious perception and phenomenal coherence
published pages: , ISSN: 0003-2638, DOI: 10.1093/analys/any022
Analysis 2019-07-25
2019 Jake Quilty-Dunn
Perceptual Pluralism
published pages: , ISSN: 0184-9832, DOI:
Noûs 2019-07-25
2018 Jake Quilty-Dunn, Eric Mandelbaum
Inferential Transitions
published pages: 532-547, ISSN: 0004-8402, DOI: 10.1080/00048402.2017.1358754
Australasian Journal of Philosophy 96/3 2019-07-25
2019 Jake Quilty-Dunn, E.J. Green
What is an object file?
published pages: , ISSN: 0007-0882, DOI:
British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 2019-07-25
2017 Jacob Berger, Bence Nanay, Jake Quilty-Dunn
Unconscious perceptual justification*
published pages: 569-589, ISSN: 0020-174X, DOI: 10.1080/0020174x.2018.1432413
Inquiry 61/5-6 2019-07-25
2019 Joulia Smortchkova, M. Murez, B. Strickland
The mental files theory of singular thought: a psychological perspective
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
Mental Files and Singular Thought 2019-07-25
2019 Nicholas Shea
Functionalist Interrelations Amongst Human Psychological States Inter Se, ditto for Martians
published pages: , ISSN: , DOI:
What are Mental Representations? 2019-07-25
2018 Joulia Smortchkova
Seeing Goal-directedness: A Case for Social Perception. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science
published pages: , ISSN: 0007-0882, DOI:
The British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 2019-07-25
2019 Nicholas Shea
published pages: , ISSN: 1468-0017, DOI:
Mind & Language 2019-07-25
2018 Eoin Travers, Chris D Frith, Nicholas Shea
Learning rapidly about the relevance of visual cues requires conscious awareness
published pages: 17470218.2017.1, ISSN: 1747-0218, DOI: 10.1080/17470218.2017.1373834
Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology 2019-07-25
2018 Nicholas Shea
Metacognition and abstract concepts
published pages: , ISSN: 0962-8436, DOI: 10.1098/rstb.2017.0133
Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B 2019-07-25

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