Conation: An important factor of mind


Educators aren’t taught about conation. We are taught about cognition and the affective domain (as emotional intelligence). The conative domain is nothing new though. Maybe it’s because it can’t be measured easily. Or maybe the conative domain is making a comeback under the studies of creativity when we read terms like “agency” or “enterprise” or “ecology” or “environment”.

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Conation: An important factor of mind.

Conation As An Important Factor of Mind

Source: Huitt, W. (1999). Conation as an important factor of mind. Educational Psychology Interactive. Valdosta, GA: Valdosta State University. Retrieved [date], from

Return to: | Conative Domain | Educational Psychology Interactive |  more in-depth paper |

Psychology has traditionally identified and studied three components of mind: cognition, affect, and conation (Huitt, 1996; Tallon, 1997). Cognition refers to the process of coming to know and understand; the process of encoding, storing, processing, and retrieving information. It is generally associated with the question of “what” (e.g., what happened, what is going on now, what is the meaning of that information.)

Affect refers to the emotional interpretation of perceptions, information, or knowledge. It is generally associated with one’s attachment (positive or negative) to people, objects, ideas, etc. and asks the question “How do I feel…

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