Essential thinkers

Individual cognition means thinking about ourselves as knowers, and reflecting on the ways in which we acquire knowledge about the world on a personal level.

Ways in which we do this include drawing on our memory, employing imagination, applying reason, relying on intuitive processes, and processing the information given to us by our senses.

Thinking further about individual cognition

Individual cognition focuses on YOU as a knower about the world, inviting you to think about things that shape your perspectives, where your personal values come from, and how you navigate the cognitive world. 

It also considers which ‘communities of knowers’ (or epistemic communities) you might belong to, and how these affect your understanding of the world. These epistemic communities might be anything from the religious organization you are a part of, to the football team you support. This means it links extensively to the subject areas.