Metacognition

Metacognition means ‘thinking about thinking’ and refers to self-awareness of our own thoughts and other cognitive processes.

Projects

Metacognition in Psychosis

Research has shown that metacognition tends to be worse 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, but can refer more broadly to self-awareness of thoughts and behaviour, and objective appraisal of task performance.

Metacognitive Training

This study will continue to co-develop metacognitive training with individuals with lived experiences of PSD and investigate the impact of the brief, online, training on metacognitive accuracy, and clinically relevant metacognitive judgements. If successful, this would be a low-cost intervention to support recovery and engagement with recovery plans in PSD, alongside medication and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Metacognition and non-clinical unusual sensory experiences 

There are a number of people who experience unusual sensory phenomena in the general population. This program of research aims to investigate the metacognitive abilities of these people and investigate how this might differ from clinical groups, with a view to understanding how to make clinical experiences less distressing.

Internet- and technology-related delusions of suspicion on engagement with digital systems in psychosis spectrum disorders

This project will build on preliminary work with local patient and public involvement (PPI) partners (Southern Health NHS Trust and Metacognition in Psychosis Panel [MIPP]) to understand engagement, trust and acceptability of digital systems in PSD. This knowledge will support the development of online metacognitive training for PSD.