Meta-awareness is derived from the work of developmental psychologist, John Flavell, who coined the term "metacognition" (ca. 1975) to describe a phenomenon where a person has cognition about cognition or, stated another way, thinking about thinking.
Meta-awareness is modern academia's term for the ancient concept of
The Fourth Way provides the best assessment of this ancient concept using graduations of awareness/consciousness ranging from self-remembering to
Mind wandering is ubiquitous to the human experience and may be the brain's default process. It is an occurrence that 96% of American adults say they experience daily, and it occupies up to 50% of the waking day.
There is an intimate, dynamic interplay between mind wandering and metacognition.
Metacognition serves to correct the wandering mind, suppressing spontaneous thoughts and bringing attention back to more "worthwhile" tasks.