What does cognition mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. cognition, knowledge, noesis(noun)

    the psychological result of perception and learning and reasoning


  1. cognition(Noun)

    The process of knowing.

  2. cognition(Noun)

    A result of a cognitive process.

  3. Origin: From cognicion, from cognitio, from cognitus, past participle of cognoscere, from co- + *, older form of noscere; see know, and compare cognize, cognizance, cognizor, cognosce, connoisseur.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Cognition(verb)

    the act of knowing; knowledge; perception

  2. Cognition(verb)

    that which is known

  3. Origin: [L. cognitio, fr. cognoscere, cognitum, to become acquainted with, to know; co- + noscere, gnoscere, to get a knowledge of. See Know, v. t.]


  1. Cognition

    In science, cognition is a group of mental processes that includes attention, memory, producing and understanding language, learning, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making. Various disciplines, such as psychology, philosophy, linguistics, and computer science all study cognition. However, the term's usage varies across disciplines; for example, in psychology and cognitive science, "cognition" usually refers to an information processing view of an individual's psychological functions. It is also used in a branch of social psychology called social cognition to explain attitudes, attribution, and groups dynamics. In cognitive psychology and cognitive engineering, cognition is typically assumed to be information processing in a participant’s or operator’s mind or brain. Cognition is a faculty for the processing of information, applying knowledge, and changing preferences. Cognition, or cognitive processes, can be natural or artificial, conscious or unconscious. These processes are analyzed from different perspectives within different contexts, notably in the fields of linguistics, anesthesia, neurology and psychiatry, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, systemics, and computer science. Within psychology or philosophy, the concept of cognition is closely related to abstract concepts such as mind, intelligence. It encompasses the mental functions, mental processes, and states of intelligent entities.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Cognition

    kog-nish′un, n. certain knowledge: apprehension.—adj. Cog′nisable, that may be known or understood: that may be judicially investigated.—adv. Cog′nisably.—ns. Cog′nisance, Cog′nizance, knowledge or notice, judicial or private: observation: jurisdiction: that by which one is known, a badge.—adj. Cog′nisant, having cognisance or knowledge of.—v.t. Cog′nise, to become conscious of.—adj. Cog′nitive, capable of, or pertaining to, cognition.—Have cognisance of, to have knowledge of. [L., from cognoscĕre, cognitumco-, together, and noscĕre, gnoscĕre, to know.]

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Cognition

    Intellectual or mental process whereby an organism becomes aware of or obtains knowledge.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of cognition in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of cognition in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Mehmet Murat ildan:

    If, in a democracy, the cognition of the majority is not much better than the cognition of the sheep, democracy will surely fail.

  2. Leonard Bernstein:

    It was an initiation into the love of learning, of learning how to learn, that was revealed to me by my BLS masters as a matter of interdisciplinary cognition-that is, learning to know something by its relation to something else.

  3. Adam Gazzaley:

    It is likely that the largest effects will be for novices and especially those that are suffering deficits in cognition, but, continued benefits may take place if the game continues to engage the player at a high level as they continue to improve.

  4. Jessica Zwerling:

    As we get older the brain can get smaller, so the bridging veins can have small bleeds and patients may need to be screened cognitively with an examination as well as imaging to look for subtle chronic subdural hematomas that can interfere with walking and cognition and cause chronic complaints.

  5. Cassandra Szoeke:

    We wanted to be able to guide people on a common, in fact the most popular informal childcare option prevalent in our community, the aspects of social engagement hypothesized to be responsible for the benefits on cognition( positive mood, mental stimulation, increased activity) were highly relevant to activity as a grandparent.

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