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What is the definition of cognitive task?

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Cognition--from which "cognitive task" derives, is the scientific term that essentially means "the process of thought."  Cognitive tasks therefore, are the actions which help define cognitive thought process.

Usually the term "cognitive task" is used in the context of "cognitive task analysis."  This is the process of analyzing or testing what level of thought process a person has reached or is using to solve a specific problem.  You might look at a toddler, for example, who touches a hot iron and gets burned.  If this toddler learns not to touch the hot iron again, and actually avoids it,...

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