relating to the mental abilities like thinking, remebering, learning etc.

the "cogn" in cognitive is generally related to 'aware of something' like in cognizant and recognize.
example - A person with more cognitive skills is more likely to get a job in GOOGLE.
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The functioning of the brain. Synonyms with thinking.
The Cognition Psychology students are not cogniting today.
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The act of hitting someone really hard in the head to bring them back to reality. Used by Natasha Romanoff in The Avengers.
Barton: "Why am I back? How'd you get him out?"
Romanoff: "Cognitive recalibration. I hit you really hard in the head."
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A multidisciplinary subject composed of neuroscience, linguistics, computer science, philosophy and psychology that studies the mind.
"So what do you study?"
"Cognitive science."
"So you are going to be a psychologist?"
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A modern social disease whereby the afflicted have an uncontrollable biological need to shit out all of their menial mental musings.
Twitter whores should seek professional help for their cognitive dysentery.
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An example of somebody displaying cognitively dissonant behaviour would be a situation where the persons views, values, beliefs etc are contradicted or opposed by one or other persons causing them mental (psychological) stress. At this point a state of cognition is triggered effectively causing them to refute, reject &/or miss-perceive the contradictory views, values or beliefs.
"smoking will most likely cause you to have cancer you know?"

"hmmm I'm not so sure I know people who have smoked all their lives and they're fine, plus I enjoy it anyway.." this is cognitive dissonance
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