Cognitive skills

Domain : Symptoms

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Simplified definition

Cognitive skills are the mental abilities that allow us to memorize, think, learn, communicate, and carry out tasks.

Source: Houria Aiouaz, for Alzheimer Foundation

Referenced definition

“[…] The mental processes that allow us to receive, select, store, transform, develop, and recover information that we’ve received from external stimuli.”

Source: Cognifit. Brain functions. [Internet]. [cited on Sept 7, 2022]. 


“Some activities require a complex combination of cognitive skills. Among these activities are the social behaviors of everyday life used while shopping, riding a bus or train, dealing with neighbors, or helping a friend.”

Source: Dana Foundation. Cognitive Skills and the Aging Brain: What to Expect. [Internet]. December 1, 2022 [cited on Sept 7, 2022].


  • This term is mainly used in the plural form.
  • Each area of the brain is responsible for specific functions.


Cognition / Cognitive functions / Cognitive functioning / Mental functions


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