anxiety that results from simultaneously holding contradictory or otherwise incompatible attitudes, beliefs, or the like, as when one likes a person but disapproves strongly of one of his or her habits.
(psychol) an uncomfortable mental state resulting from conflicting cognitions; usually resolved by changing some of the cognitions
1957, developed and apparently coined by U.S. social psychologist Leon Festinger (1919-1989).
- Cognitive ethology
noun 1. a branch of ethology concerned with the influence of conscious awareness and intention on the behaviour of an animal
- Cognitive itch
noun See earworm
- Cognitive laterality quotient
cognitive laterality quotient n. A test designed to measure the difference in cognitive performance of left and right sides of the brain.
[kog-ni-tiv] /ˈkɒg nɪ tɪv/ adjective 1. of or relating to ; concerned with the act or process of knowing, perceiving, etc. : cognitive development; cognitive functioning. 2. of or relating to the mental processes of perception, memory, judgment, and reasoning, as contrasted with emotional and volitional processes. /ˈkɒɡnɪtɪv/ adjective 1. of or relating to cognition […]