cog·ni·tion | \ käg-ˈni-shən \

Definition of cognition 

: cognitive mental processes A concussion impaired the patient's cognition. also : a product of these processes

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cognitional \käg-ˈnish-nəl, -ˈni-shə-nᵊl \ adjective

Examples of cognition in a Sentence

disabilities affecting cognition and judgment

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A decade later, the period in good cognition had expanded to 14.1 years, with 3.9 years spent with mild cognitive impairment and 2.3 years spent with dementia. Judith Graham, Washington Post, "Research shows that the prevalence of dementia has fallen in the United States," 16 June 2018 And those effects converge with the deficits in attention, cognition and emotion regulation that other researchers have already noted in youth exposed to community violence. Darby Saxbe, Scientific American, "Living with Neighborhood Violence May Shape Teens’ Brains," 15 June 2018 These days any old schlub can pilot a drone without cratering it, what with good old autopilot tech, but there are drone pilots out there whose abilities push the limits of human cognition. Matt Simon, WIRED, "Watch Out, Pro Racers: These Drones Just Learned to Fly Solo," 27 June 2018 Baluška said that many researchers also fiercely disagree about whether plants can have memories, learning and cognition. Katia Moskvitch, WIRED, "Slime Molds Remember—But Do They Learn?," 14 July 2018 But growing scientific evidence suggests that your physical states can shape your emotions and cognition in surprising ways. Jennifer Maccormack, Washington Post, "If you’ve ever been hangry, this is what your body may be telling you," 9 July 2018 But growing scientific evidence suggests that your physical states can shape your emotions and cognition in surprising ways. Jennifer Maccormack, CNN, "When you go from hungry to 'hangry'," 14 June 2018 Better regulate your blood pressure: The magnesium content assists with muscle contraction and cognition too. Jaclyn London, Ms, Rd, Cdn, Good Housekeeping, "It's Official: Cauliflower Is Just as Good for You as Colorful Veggies," 31 May 2018 That would provide early warning of someone being at greater risk of falling over, say, or of their cognition becoming impaired. The Economist, "The way people walk can be used for ID and health checks," 12 July 2018

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First Known Use of cognition

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cognition

Middle English cognicioun "comprehension, ability to comprehend," borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French cognicion "knowledge, jurisdiction," borrowed from Latin cognitiōn-, cognitiō "act of getting to know, comprehension, investigation," from cogni-, variant stem of cognōscere "to get to know, acquire knowledge of, become acquainted with, investigate" (from co- co- + gnōscere, nōscere "to get to know," inchoative derivative from Indo-European *ǵneh3-, *ǵṇh3- "to know, recognize") + -tiōn-, -tiō, suffix of action nouns — more at know entry 1

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English Language Learners Definition of cognition

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


cog·ni·tion | \ käg-ˈnish-ən \

Medical Definition of cognition 

1 : cognitive mental processes

2 : a conscious intellectual act conflict between cognitions

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