Volume 4: pp. 58-60

Reinforcement and Metacognition

by J. Jozefowiez,
Universidade do Minho

J. E. R. Staddon,
Duke University

D. T. Cerutti,
California State University-East Bay

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We return to the issue of reinforcement addressed by Smith, Beran, Couchman, Coutinho & Boomer. We argue that their concerns are unfounded because (a) reinforcing the ‘uncertain’ response need not undermine an otherwise convincing demonstration of animal metacognition, even for skeptics, (b) with or without metacognition, in the absence of the appropriate reinforcement contingencies, animals will not choose at all.

Keywords: Metacognition, comparative metacognition, uncertainty monitoring, metamemory, quantitative modeling

Jozefowiez, J., Staddon, J. E. R., & Cerutti, D. T. (2009). Reinforcement and Metacognition. Comparative Cognition & Behavior Reviews, 4, 58-60. Retrieved from http://comparative-cognition-and-behavior-reviews.org/ doi:10.3819/ccbr.2009.40007

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