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Metacognitive disturbances in persons with severe mental illness: Theory, correlates with psychopathology and models of psychotherapy


Correspondence should be addressed to Dr. Paul H. Lysaker, Roudebush VA Med Center (116H), 1481 West 10th St, Roudebush VA Medical Center, Indianapolis, Indiana 46202, USA (e-mail:


Metacognition refers to the ability to think about thinking, both one's own and that of others. In this introduction to the special issue on this subject, the editors summarize preceding literature on the nature and extent of metacognitive disturbances in severe mental illness. They then summarize the proceeding seven pieces that explore models of metacognitive disturbance in severe mental illness, its correlates with psychopathology, and emerging models of psychotherapy.