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Cognition is an intellectual process that produces knowledge from perception or ideas. It describes the conscious operations of the mind by which one becomes aware of thoughts and perceptions, including all aspects of perceiving, thinking, and remembering.
The process of receiving, processing, storing, and using information.
[Heffner, 2004]

Cognition (or cognitive function) higher intellectual functioning including awareness, perception, reasoning, memory, and problem solving
[CTRU, 2004]