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Yoga Korunta

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17 January 2006

Tuesday's Word

cognition* The higher mental processes through which we understand the world, process information, make judgments and decisions, and communicate knowledge to others.

Thinking is a process by which a new mental representation is formed through the transformation of information by complex interaction of the mental attributes of judging, abstracting, reasoning, imagining, and problem solving. Thinking is the most inclusive of the three elements of the thought process and is characterized by comprehensiveness rather than exclusion.**

George W. Bush has no cognition; no intellectual curiosity. For more on the practical applications of psychology, see Thursday's post: Thinkers Anonymous.

*Understanding Psychology, Robert S. Feldman, Second Edition, McGraw-Hill, 1990.
**Cognitive Psychology, Robert L. Solso, Third Edition, Allyn and Bacon, 1991.

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