I’ve been asked this question a few different times. I’ve never been able to answer it all the time, but I’ve been able to offer up a few answers.
Perception is a term that is generally used to describe how we perceive our surroundings. Cognition, on the other hand, is the process of putting together memories to form an image of a situation. We use both of these terms at different points in our lives, but they mean essentially the same thing. And that’s actually one of the reasons that the two concepts are so hard to separate.
For example, the time we experience at a concert, is our perception of that experience. The same is true when we experience a video game, movie, or book. The real test of my ability to separate perception from cognition is when I am in the hospital and I feel like I am losing blood, but I don’t feel like it’s because of a concussion because I’m in a coma.
And perception is how we decide what’s real and what isn’t. Cognition is how we decide to make decisions. For example, a doctor says that I have a concussion, and I feel like I’m losing blood, but I don’t feel like it because I am in a coma and not unconscious.
Cognition is how we decide what is real and what isnt. Perception is how we decide whats real and whats not.
Perception is how we decide whats real and whats not. Cognition is how we decide to make decisions. For example, a doctor says that I have a concussion, and I feel like Im losing blood, but I dont feel like it because I am in a coma and not unconscious.
It’s like we are being used as guinea pigs for some sort of scientific experiment. A lot of the time, we are used as a test subject. But in this case, it’s a scientific experiment, and it’s designed to give our brains a chance to figure out what is wrong with them! It’s how we decide what is real and what isnt.
We need to learn to see the world in the same way we use our senses. We have to understand what our senses tell us. What are the colors? Is the light bright? What about this? What does the music sound like? What does the air smell like? These are examples of how we are able to use our senses to see the world in a particular way. But our brains are still in a state of perception, and they are still trying to figure out whats going on.
I have to disagree with this statement. Our brains are able to figure out more about what it is to be healthy in a very different way than what we are able to figure out by taking the time to reflect on our senses. By the time we can actually put our minds to work analyzing what we see and hear and feel and smell, the process of cognition (which is what we are discussing here) is done.
I am going to quote a bit from the book ‘Mindsight’ by Douglas R. Hofstadter, which is a good read if you want a good idea of how our minds really work.