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Embodied Communication in Humans and
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Ipke Wachsmuth, Manuela Lenzen, and Günther Knoblich

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199231751

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199231751.001.0001

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Conversational metacognition

Conversational metacognition

(p.329) 15 Conversational metacognition
Embodied Communication in Humans and Machines

Joëlle Proust

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the attempt to create a link between embodied communication and psychological and philosophical theories of metacognition. To establish this link a general definition of metacognition is provided, which covers not only assessing and monitoring the cognitive adequacy of one's own information processing performance, but also assessing and monitoring one's conversational adequacy. It discusses the importance of studying a variety of gestures specialising in conversational metacognition — drawing on empirical research on gestures, on the psychology of action, on general pragmatics, on social cognition, and on the philosophy of biology. The chapter ends with discussing the implications of the proposal for conceptualising cooperation and defection.

Keywords:   embodied communication, metacognition, conversational metacognition, gestures, social cognition, cooperation, defection

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