Mental functionMental functions
and cognitive processes
are terms often used interchangeably (although not always correctly so, the term cognitive
tends to have specific implications - see cognitive
) to mean such functions or processes as perception
, and emotion
--in other words, all the different things that we can do with our minds. A specific instance of engaging in a cognitive process is a mental event
. The event of perceiving City Hall is, of course, different from the entire process, or faculty, of perception--one's ability to perceive things. In other words, in instance of perceiving is different from the ability that makes it possible.