What is Cognition?

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Psychology Today reports “Cognition is simply thought.”

Merriam-Webster defines it as “Conscious mental activities: the activities of thinking, understanding, learning, and remembering.”

My definition is: cognition is the ability to take in information (attention,process and working memory), make sense of it (attention,decoding and encoding), decide what to do with the information (attention, problem solving and reasoning) and then doing something (attention, integration, working memory, and short term memory). Cognition from the Neuroscience field is more than thinking and involves more than consciousness. It is the process that allows us to perform everything we do and to be successful in everything we do, we must use our cognitive skills.