What is Cognition?


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Inductive reasoning involves starting with _____ and then _____.

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1. What is a heuristic?

2. Which of the following is a benefit of heuristics?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

'Cognition' is generally defined as the entirety of your thoughts and thought processes. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of the characteristics of cognition. Some things you'll be assessed on include why psychologists want to study cognition, the two main types of reasoning, and what inductive reasoning involves.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Understanding why psychologists want to study cognition
  • Identifying the two main types of reasoning
  • Knowing what inductive reasoning involves
  • Defining a 'heuristic'
  • Clarifying one benefit of heuristics

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding cognition
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the characteristics of cognition and related types of reasoning
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information on heuristics and interpret it correctly

Additional Learning

To learn more about the human thought process, review the accompanying lesson, What is Cognition? This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define cognition and two common types of cognition
  • Understand the problems involved with the two main types of reasoning skills
  • Identify the uses and limits of heuristics