Strategic regulation of grain size in memory reporting

Morris Goldsmith, Asher Koriat, Amit Weinberg-Eliezer

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Abstract

To increase their report accuracy, rememberers may either withhold information that they feel unsure about or provide relatively coarse information that is unlikely to be wrong. In previous work (A. Koriat & M. Goldsmith, 1996c), the authors delineated the metacognitive monitoring and control processes underlying the decision to volunteer or withhold particular items of information (report option) and examined how these processes are used in the strategic regulation of memory accuracy. This article adapts that framework to address control over the grain size (precision-coarseness) of the information that people report. Results show that rememberers strategically regulate the grain of their answers to accommodate the competing goals of accuracy and informativeness. The metacognitive processes underlying this regulation are elucidated.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)73-95
Number of pages23
JournalJournal of Experimental Psychology: General
Volume131
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 2002

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychology (all)
  • Developmental Neuroscience

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