We often fail to regulate our motivation. We also often fail to regulate the motivation of other people (e.g., teachers fail to motivate students). Why do these situations occur? Inspired by the work on human metacognition, we suspect that we have a limited capacity to understand how motivation operates—which we call “metamotivation.” The work in this line of research aims to understand the nature and the consequences of metamotivation.

Key words: Metacognition, self-regulation