Emotion as a boost to metacognition : how worry enhances the quality of confidence

Massoni, Sebastien (2014) Emotion as a boost to metacognition : how worry enhances the quality of confidence. Consciousness and Cognition, 29, pp. 189-198.

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Abstract

Emotion and cognition are known to interact during human decision processes. In this study we focus on a specific kind of cognition, namely metacognition. Our experiment induces a negative emotion, worry, during a perceptual task. In a numerosity task subjects have to make a two alternative forced choice and then reveal their confidence in this decision. We measure metacognition in terms of discrimination and calibration abilities. Our results show that metacognition, but not choice, is affected by the level of worry anticipatedbefore the decision. Under worry individuals tend to have better metacognition in terms of the two measures. Furthermore understanding the formation of confidence is better explained with taking into account the level of worry in the model. This study shows the importance of an emotional component in the formation and the quality of the subjective probabilities.

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ID Code: 78950
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Confidence, Metacognition, Emotion, Worry, Motivation, Attention, Reaction time
DOI: 10.1016/j.concog.2014.08.006
ISSN: 1053-8100
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Economics & Finance
Deposited On: 26 Nov 2014 23:06
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2014 22:21

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