I am a Ph.D. student at the Rationality Enhancement Group in the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems. Previously, I studied Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück. I am particularly interested in understanding the connection between metacognitive processes, inner autonomy, and self-improvement. The goal of my Ph.D. project is to develop tools and methods to help people design the best version of themselves and embody it in everyday life. My approach frames self-improvement in the context of eudaimonic living and psychological well-being. Therefore, people design their best-self by getting in touch with their intrinsic values and the essential skills they will need (e.g., metacognitive and emotional) to embody this version. My research builds on existing clinical psychology interventions, such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and Cognitive Restructuring.
SIG8 Talk by Victoria Amo
Victoria talks about the app she is developing that helps people overcome self-limiting beliefs by promoting metacognition.
Goal-setting can be a powerful strategy for inciting action and increasing productivity (Locke & Latham, 1990) and meaningful goals can be a sustainable source of happiness (Niemic, Ryan, and Deci, 2009). But this o...
This program was developed to help you identify your intrinsic values and keep track of how congruently with them you are living each week. Therefore, some features are only available for users who provide us their e-mail (you don't need to create a password).
SIG 8 Meets SIG 16, September 2020 (conference) Accepted
Previous research has shown that approaching learning with a growth mindset is key for maintaining motivation and overcoming setbacks. Mindsets are systems of beliefs that people hold to be true. They influence a person's attitudes, thoughts, and emotions when they learn something new or encounter challenges. In clinical psychology, metareasoning (reflecting on one's mental processes) and meta-awareness (recognizing thoughts as mental events instead of equating them to reality) have proven effective for overcoming maladaptive thinking styles. Hence, they are potentially an effective method for overcoming self-limiting beliefs in other domains as well. However, the potential of integrating assisted metacognition into mindset interventions has not been explored yet. Here, we propose that guiding and training people on how to leverage metareasoning and meta-awareness for overcoming self-limiting beliefs can significantly enhance the effectiveness of mindset interventions. To test this hypothesis, we develop a gamified mobile application that guides and trains people to use metacognitive strategies based on Cognitive Restructuring (CR) and Acceptance Commitment Therapy (ACT) techniques. The application helps users to identify and overcome self-limiting beliefs by working with aversive emotions when they are triggered by fixed mindsets in real-life situations. Our app aims to help people sustain their motivation to learn when they face inner obstacles (e.g. anxiety, frustration, and demotivation). We expect the application to be an effective tool for helping people better understand and develop the metacognitive skills of emotion regulation and self-regulation that are needed to overcome self-limiting beliefs and develop growth mindsets.
Our goal is to understand the principles of Perception, Action and Learning in autonomous systems that successfully interact with complex environments and to use this understanding to design future systems