Definition of cognitive
1 : of, relating to, being, or involving conscious intellectual activity (such as thinking, reasoning, or remembering) cognitive impairment
2 : based on or capable of being reduced to empirical factual knowledge
Examples of cognitive in a Sentence
Homo sapiens' survival is founded in their filling an evolutionary niche referred to as the cognitive niche. —Daniel Grassam, Skeptical Inquirer, July/August 2001
Researchers are debating whether heading balls can dent the cognitive skills of young soccer players for life. —Lisa McLaughlin, Time, 5 June 2000
Further into the forebrain, motor functions trail off and cognitive functions, involving planning and thinking about the future, begin. —Sandra Blakeslee, New York Times, 8 Nov. 1994
Recent Examples of cognitive from the Web
Also on Wednesday, the Alzheimer’s Association announced the launch of a $20 million two-year clinical trial to see if lifestyle changes can prevent cognitive decline.
While human bias and cognitive dissonance are nothing new, the council’s blatant disregard for any viewpoint or data that contradict their preconceived worldview is astounding.
Excessive media exposure has been associated with poor social-emotional, cognitive and language development, as well as sleep problems and obesity.
This bad behavior is especially bad in downtown Louisville, where after three years, the bike lanes continue to cause massive hemorrhaging of cognitive thought.
There aren’t many other places right now that have all of these cognitive machines under one roof, according to Dr. John Piazza, the lab’s founder.
Also, that the mere presence of a cellphone sitting on the table while a person is being interviewed (or, perhaps, briefed on international affairs?) can impact cognitive performance. Gotta tweet!
Kissen says that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) can help with fears over nuclear war.
Valdés specializes in cognitive decline and has studied under Dr. Dale Bredesen at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging in California.
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How Should You Use cognitive?
Cognitive skills and knowledge involve the ability to acquire factual information, often the kind of knowledge that can easily be tested. So cognition should be distinguished from social, emotional, and creative development and ability. Cognitive science is a growing field of study that deals with human perception, thinking, and learning.
COGNITIVE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cognitive for English Language Learners
: of, relating to, or involving conscious mental activities (such as thinking, understanding, learning, and remembering)
Medical Definition of cognitive
: of, relating to, or being conscious intellectual activity (as thinking, reasoning, remembering, imagining, or learning words) the cognitive elements of perception—C. H. Hamburg
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