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Cognition

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The term cognition is used in several loosely related ways to refer to a faculty for the human-like processing of information, applying knowledge and changing preferences.

Cognition or cognitive processes can be natural and artificial, conscious and not conscious; therefore, they are analyzed from different perspectives and in different contexts, in anesthesia, neurology, psychology, philosophy, systemics and computer science.

The concept of cognition is closely related to such abstract concepts as mind, reasoning, perception, intelligence, learning, and many others that describe numerous capabilities of human mind and expected properties of artificial or synthetic intelligence.

Cognition is an abstract property of advanced living organisms; therefore, it is studied as a direct property of a brain or of an abstract mind on subsymbolic and symbolic levels. In psychology and in artificial intelligence, it is used to refer to the mental functions, mental processes and states of intelligent entities (humans, human organizations, highly autonomous robots), with a particular focus toward the study of such mental processes as comprehension, inferencing, decision-making, planning and learning (see also cognitive science and cognitivism).

Recently, advanced cognitive researchers have been especially focused on the capacities of abstraction, generalization, concretization/specialization and meta-reasoning which descriptions involve such concepts as beliefs, knowledge, desires, preferences and intentions of intelligent individuals/objects/agents/systems. The term “cognition” is also used in a wider sense to mean the act of knowing or knowledge, and may be interpreted in a social or cultural sense to describe the emergent development of knowledge and concepts within a group that culminate in both thought and action..

For more information about the topic Cognition, read the full article at Wikipedia.org, or see the following related articles:

Social cognition — Social cognition is the study of how people process social information, especially its encoding, storage, retrieval, and application to social … > read more

Cognitive psychology — Cognitive Psychology is the school of psychology that examines internal mental processes such as problem solving, memory, and language. It had its … > read more

Psychopathology — Psychopathology is a term which refers to either the study of mental illness or mental distress or the manifestation of behaviours and experiences … > read more

Thought — Thought or thinking is a mental process which allows beings to model the world, and so to deal with it effectively according to their goals, plans, … > read more

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Written by huehueteotl

October 22, 2007 at 3:13 pm

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  1. […] have been blessed with the power of cognition and the sensitivity of the human heart. In times when one feels he is degraded or abused, there is […]


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