basic cognitive process

Definitions of basic cognitive process
  1. noun
    cognitive processes involved in obtaining and storing knowledge
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    attending, attention
    the process whereby a person concentrates on some features of the environment to the (relative) exclusion of others
    lack of attention
    instinctive knowing (without the use of rational processes)
    the process of perceiving
    the process whereby perceived qualities of an object are related to past experience
    the cognitive process that leads to convictions
    categorisation, categorization, classification, sorting
    the basic cognitive process of arranging into classes or categories
    discrimination, secernment
    the cognitive process whereby two or more stimuli are distinguished
    acquisition, learning
    the cognitive process of acquiring skill or knowledge
    memory, remembering
    the cognitive processes whereby past experience is remembered
    representational process
    any basic cognitive process in which some entity comes to stand for or represent something else
    being of coordinate importance, rank, or degree
    attentiveness, heed, paying attention, regard
    paying particular notice (as to children or helpless people)
    paying excessive attention to the clock (in anticipation of stopping work)
    attention to what is said
    attention to what is seen
    notice, observance, observation
    the act of noticing or paying attention
    polite or favorable attention
    heedlessness, inattentiveness
    a lack of attentiveness (as to children or helpless people)
    an obstacle to attention
    disregard, neglect
    lack of attention and due care
    feeling, intuitive feeling
    an intuitive understanding of something
    intuitive knowledge of spiritual truths; said to have been possessed by ancient Gnostics
    insight, sixth sense
    grasping the inner nature of things intuitively
    immediacy, immediate apprehension
    immediate intuitive awareness
    constancy, perceptual constancy
    (psychology) the tendency for perceived objects to give rise to very similar perceptual experiences in spite of wide variations in the conditions of observation
    detection, sensing
    the perception that something has occurred or some state exists
    beholding, seeing, visual perception
    perception by means of the eyes
    auditory perception, sound perception
    the perception of sound as a meaningful phenomenon
    aesthesis, esthesis, sensation, sense datum, sense experience, sense impression
    an unelaborated elementary awareness of stimulation
    somaesthesia, somatesthesia, somatic sensation, somesthesia
    the perception of tactual or proprioceptive or gut sensations
    feeling, tactile sensation, tactual sensation, touch, touch sensation
    the sensation produced by pressure receptors in the skin
    believing two contradictory ideas at the same time
    appraisal, assessment
    the classification of someone or something with respect to its worth
    ascription, attribution
    assigning to a cause or source
    ascription, attribution
    assigning some quality or character to a person or thing
    cross-classification, cross-division
    classification according to more than one attribute at the same time
    incorporating something under a more general category
    differentiation, distinction
    a discrimination between things as different and distinct
    individualisation, individualization, individuation
    discriminating the individual from the generic group or species
    appreciation, discernment, perceptiveness, taste
    delicate discrimination (especially of aesthetic values)
    a learning process in which an organism's behavior becomes dependent on the occurrence of a stimulus in its environment
    developmental learning
    learning that takes place as a normal part of cognitive development
    learning and coming to understand ideas and information
    the gradual process of acquiring knowledge
    incorporation, internalisation, internalization
    learning (of values or attitudes etc.) that is incorporated within yourself
    a learning process in early life whereby species specific patterns of behavior are established
    language learning
    learning to use a language
    committal to memory, memorisation, memorization
    learning so as to be able to remember verbatim
    study, work
    applying the mind to learning and understanding a subject (especially by reading)
    carry-over, transfer, transfer of training
    application of a skill learned in one situation to a different but similar situation
    STM, immediate memory, short-term memory
    what you can repeat immediately after perceiving it
    working memory
    memory for intermediate results that must be held during thinking
    LTM, long-term memory
    your general store of remembered information
    the cognitive operation of accessing information in memory
    recall, recollection, reminiscence
    the process of remembering (especially the process of recovering information by mental effort)
    identification, recognition
    the process of recognizing something or someone by remembering
    association, connection, connexion
    the process of bringing ideas or events together in memory or imagination
    memory for experiences that are past
    symbol, symbolic representation, symbolisation, symbolization
    something visible that by association or convention represents something else that is invisible
    exemplification, typification
    a representational or typifying form or model
    depicting, depiction, portrayal, portraying
    a representation by picture or portraiture
    anthropomorphism, theanthropism
    the representation of objects (especially a god) as having human form or traits
    imagery, imagination, imaging, mental imagery
    the ability to form mental images of things or events
    a sudden intuition as part of solving a problem
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    cognitive operation, cognitive process, mental process, operation, process
    (psychology) the performance of some composite cognitive activity; an operation that affects mental contents
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