Simply put cognition is thinking; nevertheless, there are at least three components of thinking examined by the Rorschach.

Some research suggests the three processess are relatively independent while other research findings from experimental psychology suggests each of these three operations is related to the other two in relatively distinct perceptual-cognitive process. Regardless, it is generally accepted that operations in one domain can have a direct influence on the operations in either of the other two domains. Therefore, it is realistic to hypothesize these domains function collectively in complicated ways and reflect a continuous process that forms the basis for essentially all deliberate and/or meaningful behaviors

Information Processing

This involves the mental procedures entailed in the input of information.

Cognitive Mediation

This involves the mental operations occurring to translate or identify input information.


This is the thinking process that forms the basis for essentially all deliberate, intentional, and meaningful behavior.