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In cognitive psychology, after a signal reaches the brain, the instant when we are aware of a change in our environment, but before the brain is able to identify and codify what the change is.

The act of first become aware of something generically before we are able to identify it specifically.

That 'er' moment prior to recognition
She could cognify that there was something on the road, and started braking in case it didn't move.

Hearing an engine noise before you can tell what's making the noise or where it's coming from.

Seeing a shape at a distance but not being able to identify what it is or whether its multiple things.

Feeling something very hot or very cold but not being sure which until after you've taken your hand away of left it there a moment longer.

Smelling something without being able to identify it
by Socrates himself March 01, 2014
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