Metacognition is prior

Justin J. Couchman, Mariana V.C. Coutinho, Michael J. Beran, J. David Smith

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We agree with Carruthers that evidence for metacognition in species lacking mindreading provides dramatic evidence in favor of the metacognition-is-prior account and against the mindreading-is-prior account. We discuss this existing evidence and explain why an evolutionary perspective favors the former account and poses serious problems for the latter account.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)142
Number of pages1
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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