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date: 18 February 2020

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In this prologue, I comment on key events in the history of research on metamemory and on my own reactions to those events—beginning with the now-famous research on feeling-of-knowing judgments carried out by Joe Hart 50 years ago when Joe and I were both graduate students at Stanford University. After speculating on why mainstream memory researchers, me in particular, were slow to realize the importance of research on metacognitive processes, even after John Flavell and Henry Wellman had provided an elegant definition of the field during the 1970s, I discuss the events and dynamics that ultimately made it clear that understanding metacognitive processes is a critical component of understanding human learning and memory processes more broadly.

Keywords: metamemory, applied metamemory, memory, history, learning

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