higher cognitive process

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Noun1.higher cognitive process - cognitive processes that presuppose the availability of knowledge and put it to use
cognitive operation, cognitive process, mental process, process, operation - (psychology) the performance of some composite cognitive activity; an operation that affects mental contents; "the process of thinking"; "the cognitive operation of remembering"
search - the examination of alternative hypotheses; "his search for a move that would avoid checkmate was unsuccessful"
cerebration, intellection, mentation, thinking, thought process, thought - the process of using your mind to consider something carefully; "thinking always made him frown"; "she paused for thought"
suggestion - the sequential mental process in which one thought leads to another by association
deciding, decision making - the cognitive process of reaching a decision; "a good executive must be good at decision making"
knowing - a clear and certain mental apprehension
linguistic process, language - the cognitive processes involved in producing and understanding linguistic communication; "he didn't have the language to express his feelings"