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Cognitive Skills in the Workplace

By Sandra Shinn
November 11, 2014 Category • Cognition, Workplace, Best Practices

Cognition is the mental action or process of acquiring knowledge and understanding through thought, experience, and the senses. This is a particularly important concept in the workplace, where employees with cognitive skillsets can make all the difference. A few of the essential cognitive demands of the workplace include communication, thinking, and learning. It is simple for most anyone to routinely go through the motions of a task, but it takes a complex set of cognitive skills to think critically, act logically and effectively apply information. According to Learning RX, attention skills, memory, logic and reasoning, auditory processing, visual processing and processing speed are all examples of cognitive skills. These differ from behavioral psychological qualities, which are acquired through interaction with and responding to environmental stimuli. In other words, behavioral qualities are determined by individuals responses to the surrounding environment, which shapes their