What are Cognitive Skills and Abilities?
By: Dr. Pascale Michelon What is cognition? Cognition has to do with how a person understands the world and acts in it. It is the set of mental abilities or processes that are part of nearly every human action while we are awake. Cognitive abilities are brain-based skills we need to carry out any task from the simplest to the most complex. Cognitive abilities or skills are supported by specific neuronal networks. In the table below you can browse through the main brain functions involved in cognition. With age, some cognitive abilities tend to decline, especially the so-called executive functions, and those cognitive abilities that are not used regularly.
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