Social Metacognition Lab

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Seeking students to examine the thoughts people have about their thoughts (i.e., metacognition) with specific projects examining the origins and consequences of confidence, people's attributions, and perspectives people take on their own thoughts.

Project description

We examine the thoughts people have about their thoughts (i.e., metacognition). Specific projects examine the origins and consequences of confidence, people's attributions about where these thoughts come from, and the perspective that people take on their own thoughts. These projects examine domains related to the self, attitudes and persuasion, mindfulness, and emotion regulation.

Project outcome

The specific outcomes of this project will be identified by the faculty mentor at the beginning of your collaboration. 

Project details

Timing, eligibility and other details
Length of commitment To be determined by student/mentor
Start time Spring
Level of collaboration To be determined by student/mentor
Benefits Academic Credit
Who is eligible We accept Research Assistants who are motivated, reliable, and excited about learning. No prior research experience is required.
National Science Foundation Fellowship

Students participating in this project might be interested in and eligible for the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Connect with the Office of Fellowships and Scholarships to learn more.

Project mentor

Kenneth DeMarree

Associate Professor


365 Park Hall

Phone: (716) 645-0218


Start the project

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Fulfilling Academic Major/Minor Requirements

If you are planning to use this project to satisfy program requirements for your academic major or minor, it is your responsibility to obtain approval from your academic department prior to beginning the project. 

Preparation activities

The specific preparation activities for this project will be customized through discussions between you and your project mentor. Please be sure to ask them for the instructions to complete the required preparation activities.