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Does social context impact metacognition? Evidence from stereotype threat in a visual search task, par Thibault Gajdos (LPC, Marseille)


While recent studies have emphasized the role of metacognitive judgments in social interactions, whether social context might reciprocally impact individuals’ metacognition remains an open question. Situations involving stereotype threat are good candidate to answer this question, insofar as it has been proposed that metacognitive processes might be enhanced in such social contexts. Here, we provide the first empirical test of this hypothesis. Using a visual search task, we asked participants, on a trial-by-trial basis, to monitor the unfolding and accuracy of their search processes, and we developed a computational model to measure the accuracy of their metacognition. Results indicated that stereotype threat enhanced metacognitive monitoring of both outcomes and processes. Our study thus provides a clear evidence that social context can actually affect metacognition.

Auteurs : Thibault Gajdos1, Isabelle Régner1, Pascal Huguet2, Marine Hainguerlot3, Jean-Christophe Vergnaud3, Jérôme Sackur4,5, and Vincent de Gardelle6

1Aix Marseille Univ, CNRS, LPC, Marseille, France.
2Université Blaise Pascal, CNRS, LAPSCO, Clermont-Ferrand, France. 3Centre d’Economie de la Sorbonne, CNRS UMR 8174, Paris, France. 4Laboratoire de Sciences Cognitives et Psycholinguistique (ENS, CNRS, EHESS), PSL Research University, Paris, France.
5Ecole Polytechnique, Palaiseau, France.
6CNRS and Paris School of Economics, Paris, France.