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Answer for the clue "The process of assimilating new ideas into an existing cognitive structure ", 13 letters:
acculturation

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Wiktionary Word definitions in Wiktionary
n. 1 A process by which the culture of an isolated society changes on contact with a different one. 2 A process by which a person acquires the culture of the society that he/she inhabits, starting at birth.

Wikipedia Word definitions in Wikipedia
Acculturation explains the process of cultural change and psychological change that results following meeting between cultures. The effects of acculturation can be seen at multiple levels in both interacting cultures. At the group level, acculturation often ...

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary Word definitions in Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"the adoption and assimilation of an alien culture," 1880, from ad- "to" + culture (n.) + -ation .

WordNet Word definitions in WordNet
n. the adoption of the behavior patterns of the surrounding culture; "the socialization of children to the norms of their culture" [syn: socialization , socialisation , enculturation ] all the knowledge and values shared by a society [syn: culture ] the ...

Usage examples of acculturation.

For that reason he stayed very quiet now and put on the masks of knowledge, acculturation, matrimony.

I suspect the changes in me, at least in part, had to do with two things, the gradual stripping from me of negativistic Earth conditionings and, on the positive side, the Gorean acculturations to which I, a bond girl, was being exposed.