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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
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Hartleian associationism, its advocates maintain, can summon and so conserve every past experience.
Malraux engages in a far-reaching metaphysical meditation on the ephemeral destiny (Greve, 2015) of the human species, using devices such as associationism, analogous arrangements, far-flung dialogue, temporal coaction, stereoscopic collocation, etc.
While the DC advocated its influence through solidarity, associationism and traditional moral and religious values, the PCI pressed women to be part of the workforce at the same time as maintaining a very tight affiliation to the traditional family values.
Appendix B: Universal Reform and Associationism offers well-chosen reformist essays across a broad spectrum of specific targets.
Others focus on decision attributions, and associate them with a number of different topics such as the dynamics of counselor action (24), specifics of associationism in Brazil (25), and functional assessment models (26).
Associationism hypothesized that the mind is organized by means of associations and postulated two laws to explain the process of remembering: contiguity and repetition (Schultz & Schultz, 2008).
55) This theory can be directly aligned with the associationism of Locke and Hume, which dictates that mental images connect the material world to the intellect and that exposure to the phenomenal world builds up a storehouse of such images.
Robinson's claim: "Fuller became the most radical of the Transcendentalists" (99) in "Margaret Fuller, Self-Culture, and Associationism.
Other less recurrent topics were precarious employment, emancipation and associationism.
This series of paintings were prompted by a comment made by the critic Barbara Maria Stafford, who contrasts a contemporary emphasis on formalism as a rhetoric of loss with the earlier, romantic ideas of formalism such as associationism and the notion that the human mind was formed in primordial fear and response.
This is precisely why mere post-modern visions of revisionist holism and inter-subjective facticity (somewhat akin to Gestalt psychology)--both as a natural scientific-revisionist investigation and a purportedly broader philosophical picture--still suffer from the contingency (that is, reflexes, conditions, and associations) of [their] embedding solipsistic sphere, when this on-going contingency ought to be categorically deconstructed in the first place, and not merely highlighted in the light of further arbitrary psychological associationism put forth arbitrarily as "objective science" (such as the "second-hand" inclusion of the convenient psychologism and propaganda that "syntax-only science supersedes semantics").
This outstanding volume of essays interprets Fuller in three key contexts, each of which stands at a knowing distance from Emerson and Thoreau's Concord: the transnational feminist movement, the utopian system of Associationism, and the vibrant urban worlds of New York, Paris, and Rome.

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