cognition

noun
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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Other Words from cognition

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

Examples of cognition in a Sentence

disabilities affecting cognition and judgment

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For some people with dementia, music therapy has been shown to enhance attention and cognition, to improve behavior while reducing the use of psychoactive drugs, and to reduce anxiety and depression. Robert Mccoppin, courant.com, "Music Can Call Back Loved Ones Lost In Alzheimer's Darkness," 22 June 2018 For some people with dementia, music therapy has been shown to enhance attention and cognition, to improve behavior while reducing the use of psychoactive drugs, and to reduce anxiety and depression. Robert Mccoppin, chicagotribune.com, "Music can call back loved ones lost in Alzheimer's darkness: 'So much we can do to improve quality of life'," 11 June 2018 Muotri and her research team had been trying to coax human stem cells to re-create tissue found in the brain's cortex, which is devoted to cognition and interpreting sensory information. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Scientists Re-create Baby Brain Readings in a Dish," 19 Nov. 2018 The more proficient a player becomes, the less glucose the brain consumes for energy to fuel cognition. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study: Tetris is a great distraction for easing an anxious mind," 2 Nov. 2018 Though far from the frontal lobe (language, memory, cognition, emotion), the tumor had stealthily taken over a third of my brain’s rightful space. Daphne Beal, Vogue, "After One Writer Finds Out She Has a Brain Tumor, She Confronts It Head On," 10 Aug. 2018 At the same time, many experts, developers and military leaders recognize that the certain problem-solving faculties and subjective determinations unique to human cognition - are still indispensable to decision making in war. Kris Osborn, Fox News, "Pentagon makes massive new AI push for tanks, ships, weapons, drones and networks," 19 July 2018 The result: paralysis and muscle weakness; impaired cognition, speech or vision; emotional and behavioral dysfunction; and many other permanent neurological injuries. Gina Kolata, New York Times, "For Many Strokes, There’s an Effective Treatment. Why Aren’t Some Doctors Offering It?," 26 Mar. 2018 Scientists have no idea what mechanism underpins this kind of cognition. Katia Moskvitch, WIRED, "Slime Molds Remember—But Do They Learn?," 14 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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cognition

noun

English Language Learners Definition of cognition

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

cognition

noun
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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