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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) a person who believes in and promotes the principle of associationism whereby an association of thoughts leads to intellectual progressions or processes
(Psychology) relating to the principle of associationism whereby an association of thoughts leads to intellectual progressions or processes
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Unlike "LANCY," which "has no other counters to play with, but fixities and definites" and which Coleridge links to the mechanistic, associationist psychology of the eighteenth century, the secondary imagination "is essentially vital" because it is "identical with the primary in the kind of its agency, and differing only in degree.
The sewing workshop was taken over by her granddaughter, Henriette Luce Benaben, who successfully promoted its artisanal embroideries to both European tourists avid for indigenous art and to colonial administrators eager to promote associationist policies.
In his earlier An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1690), Locke repeatedly devalues the faculty of the imagination against that of reason, but he also recognizes the functional importance of the imagination in associationist theory.
Thought with its associationist processes is numbed by ceremonial repetitive connectives denoting invitation ("Come forth"), request ("Sing to me"), question ("And did you .
Mednick's associationist theory is based on the belief that individual creativity develops via a trial-and-error phenomenon involving putting together two or more ideas to form a unique, new notion, or association.
Her embrace of Hartleian associationism may well have come via her father's colleague, then her friend and fellow Dissenter, Joseph Priestly who, in his sermon "On Habitual Devotion;' endorses the associationist method as religious practice (McCarthy, ALB 208).
Perhaps because the sculptor was one of the major modernists of the 20th century, and therefore was regarded predominantly as a formalist, he has been thought to have been impervious to allegory and symbolism, those imaginatively rich associationist vehicles for the expression of meaning throughout the mediaeval, renaissance and baroque periods right down to the late 19th century, when they began to lose their vitality for progressive artists (although since the 1970s they have returned with a vengeance).
Since one thinks in file names, without thereby accessing a galaxy of various associations stored in the file, this architecture solves problems that plague associationist accounts of cognitive structure as a causal network.
Associationist psychologists of the late nineteenth century premised their research on a fundamentally Humean picture of the mind.
This shows us that Hume's justification of justice as an artificial virtue is in conflict with his associationist system of sympathy.
The theoretical origins of learning via concept mapping can be related back to constructivism, assimilation, and associationist theories.
In Portugal the movement's consolidation coincided with the rise of Republicanism and other progressive forces, driven by associationist and federalist doctrines: it favoured formal institutional mobilization and inclined towards administratively highly autonomous political systems.
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