Metacognition means ‘thinking about thinking’ and refers to self-awareness of our own thoughts and other cognitive processes.
Research has shown that metacognition tends to be lower than average in individuals currently experiencing psychosis, and this is associated with recovery and general functioning. In clinical fields metacognition tends to refer to ‘insight’ into illness.
My research looks to develop a model of metacognition for individuals experiencing psychosis, that includes insight, but goes beyond clinical definitions. The aim is to better understand how metacognition is related to both developing and recovering from psychosis, and how this information can be used to develop interventions to support recovery.