Pre-scripted instinctive decisions, as against calculations by individuals. In there somewhere is the difference between what the word cognitive represents and what the word non-cognitive represents. And there are times when I don't see the difference.
When, as his demonstration of Easter humility, the new Pope washed, then kissed the feet of prisoners, instead of Bishops, there were instinctive responses and calculated responses to his action. Mine was "good for him." Others preferred something along the lines of "slippery slope to hell."