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 (ə-sō′sē-ā′shə-nĭz′əm, ə-sō′shē-)
The psychological theory that association is the basic principle of all mental activity.

as·so′ci·a′tion·ist adj. & n.
as·so′ci·a′tion·is′tic adj.


(Psychology) psychol a theory that all mental activity is based on connections between basic mental events, such as sensations and feelings


(əˌsoʊ siˈeɪ ʃəˌnɪz əm, -ʃiˈeɪ-)

any theory that explains complex psychological phenomena as built up from combinations of simple sensory and behavioral elements.
as•so`ci•a′tion•ist, adj., n.
as•so`ci•a`tion•is′tic, adj.
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Noun1.associationism - (psychology) a theory that association is the basic principle of mental activity
scientific theory - a theory that explains scientific observations; "scientific theories must be falsifiable"
psychological science, psychology - the science of mental life
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George also explains how Hume's associationist psychology tends to contravene criteria for evaluating testimony regarding miracles.
Intently aware that movements and changes in philosophical and intellectual currents were merely the by-product of some broader process of natural selection unfolding throughout the nineteenth century, Marshall set about welding together elements from a variegated philosophical fabric consisting of Adam Smith's naturalistic account of moral evolution, Coleridgean metaphysics, William Whewell's idealist philosophy, Alexander Bain's and John Stuart Mill's associationist psychology, John Grote's liberal Anglican philosophy, Hegel's philosophy of history, and much more besides, all coalescing in one of the most singular economic minds of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
He examines how the associationist psychology of the fictional autobiographies of authors like Dickens and Thackeray evolved an insistently useful memory, memory related only to current concerns.

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