1 the mental act or process by which knowledge is acquired, including perception, intuition, and reasoning
2 the knowledge that results from such an act or process (C15: from Latin cognitio, from cognoscere from co- (intensive) + noscere to learn; see know)
n (Psychol) an uncomfortable mental state resulting from conflicting cognitions; usually resolved by changing some of the cognitions
n a branch of ethology concerned with the influence of conscious awareness and intention on the behaviour of an animal
n (Psychol) a mental map of one's environment
n the psychological study of higher mental processes, including thinking and perception
n the scientific study of cognition, including elements of the traditional disciplines of philosophy, psychology, semantics, and linguistics, together with artificial intelligence and computer science
n (Psychol) a form of psychotherapy in which the patient is encouraged to change the way he sees the world and himself: used particularly to treat depression
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