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Memory makes us who we are. If we couldn’t recall the who, what, where, and when of our everyday lives, we would struggle to learn new information, form lasting relationships, or even function in most daily situations.
Cognition refers, quite simply, to thinking. There are the obvious applications of conscious reasoning—doing taxes, playing chess, deconstructing Macbeth—but thought takes many subtler forms, such as interpreting sensory input, guiding physical actions, and empathizing with others.