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the act or process of knowing, perceiving, or remembering. adj., adj cog´nitive.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.


1. Generic term embracing the mental activities associated with thinking, learning, and memory.
2. Any process whereby one acquires knowledge.
[L. cognitio]
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1. The mental process of knowing, including aspects such as awareness, perception, reasoning, and judgment.
2. That which comes to be known, as through perception, reasoning, or intuition; knowledge.

cog·ni′tion·al adj.
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mini-mental test

Neurology A brief clinical test of mental status, where each correct answer in a series of questions is given one point–total score 30
Mini-mental test
Orientation in time: Year, season, month, date, day–total 5 points–pts
Orientation in space Country, state, county, town, place, hospital ward–5 pts
Cognition Serial 7s–x 5 or spell world backwards–5 pts
Short recall Name 3 objects–total 3 pts
Memory Rename 3 above objects–3 pts
Follow a three-part command Take a paper, fold it, put it on the floor–3 pts
Common object recognition Name 2 familiar objects–2 pts
Recognition of common phrase 'No ifs, ands, or buts'–1 pt
Read and obey 'Close your eyes'–1 pt
Write simple sentence–1 pt
Copy drawing Intersecting pentagons–1 pt
A change in mental status and a score > 27 points is most often associated with affective depression; depressed Pts with cognitive impairment have scores of ± 20, those with true dementia often have scores of < 10 J Psych Res 1975; 12:189
McGraw-Hill Concise Dictionary of Modern Medicine. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.


1. The mental activities associated with thinking, learning, and memory.
2. Any process whereby one acquires knowledge.
[L. cognitio]
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012


The mental processes by which knowledge is acquired. These include perception, reasoning and possibly intuition.
Collins Dictionary of Medicine © Robert M. Youngson 2004, 2005


The act or process of knowing or perceiving.
Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine. Copyright 2008 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.


Generic term embracing mental activities associated with thinking, learning, and memory.
[L. cognitio]
Medical Dictionary for the Dental Professions © Farlex 2012

Patient discussion about cognition

Q. What is cognitive behavioral therapy for treatment of depression? What is it all about? Please explain? Could someone who has actually had this explain what it is all about. I don't want to get a copy and paste answer from a web page somewhere, just a simple explanation in plain simple terms that I could relate to.

A. You mention "for example thoughts of worthlessness"

Could anyone identify other examples of these types of thoughts?

I struggle the most with guilt and shame.

What others think of me being a recovering alcoholic, someone who has depression, having a son who has been in a penitentiary several times.

What can anyone really do about these thoughts anyway. I have not come up with anything that works except to offer them all back up to God and let them all go.

What else could a professional come up that is any better than that? I would really like to know. Otherwise, what good would it really do?

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both aerobic and strength exercises.1Regular PA is greatly associated with enhancements in brain function and cognition during childhood and also during the course of adulthood.2 Streamlined PA in you this known to foster positive outcomes in health, including increased bone mineral density (BMD), cardiorespiratory benefits, and improvement in cognitive, psychological and neurological parameters and decreased risk of degenerative diseases.
Several scholars have edited and translated parts of the seventeenth-and-eighteenth century cognitive science treatises that deal extensively with verbal cognition. These include Deshpande (1992), Gune (1978), and Jha (1997, 1998), who produced English translations of sections of Kaundabhatta's Vaiydkaranabhusana, Joshi (1960, 1967), who translated parts of the Vaiyakaranabhusanasara, Das (1990), who edited and translated the whole Vaiyakaranabhusanasara, and Cardona (n.d.), who is currently editing and translating Nagesa's Paramalaghumanjusa.
Obesity is linked to poor cognition and smaller brain volumes.
Regarding categorisation of cognition scores by MMSE, among 100 elderly people, 38 had normal cognition, 45 had mild cognitive impairment and 17 had moderate cognitive impairment.
Umecrine Cognition is, as far as known, the only company that has a drug candidate in development to reduce the risk of consciousness disorders and other serious CNS related symptoms associated with HE.
Social cognition refers to a wide range of cognitive capacities that enable humans to understand themselves, communicate with and understand others, store and use information about culturally acceptable norms and behavioural scripts, and engage in appropriate goal-directed behaviour [30-32].
Prior to joining Cognition, Moch has been a managing partner of The Salutramed Group.
Culture and Cognition: Patterns in the Social Construction of Reality.
5 February 2016 - US-based legal and contracting services provider Axiom has closed its acquisition of the General Counsel business of Toronto-based law firm Cognition LLP, the company said.
Learning and Teaching Creative Cognition: The Interactive Book Report.
Cognition previously held 39.70 per cent of the issued shares in BMi Research.