cognitive psychology

noun
the branch of psychology studying the mental processes involved in perception, learning, memory, and reasoning.

Origin:
1945–50

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cognitive psychology
 
n
the psychological study of higher mental processes, including thinking and perception

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Those from the social sciences include cognitive psychology and biological
  anthropology.
The idea of the cognitive map became well-entrenched in cognitive psychology.
One of the lingering challenges in cognitive psychology is the evolution of
  language.
Social psychology is a far cry from cognitive psychology.
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