noun \käg-ˈni-shən\

: conscious mental activities : the activities of thinking, understanding, learning, and remembering

Full Definition of COGNITION

:  cognitive mental processes; also :  a product of these processes
cog·ni·tion·al \-ˈnish-nəl, -ˈni-shə-nəl\ adjective

Examples of COGNITION

  1. disabilities affecting cognition and judgment


Middle English cognicion, from Anglo-French, from Latin cognition-, cognitio, from cognoscere to become acquainted with, know, from co- + gnoscere to come to know — more at know
First Known Use: 15th century

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal


noun \käg-ˈnish-ən\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of COGNITION

: cognitive mental processes
: a conscious intellectual act <conflict between cognitions>


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Act or process of knowing. Cognition includes every mental process that may be described as an experience of knowing (including perceiving, recognizing, conceiving, and reasoning), as distinguished from an experience of feeling or of willing. Philosophers have long been interested in the relationship between the knowing mind and external reality; psychologists took up the study of cognition in the 20th century. See also cognitive psychology; cognitive science; philosophy of mind.


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