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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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Contributions of a typological alternative to associationistic and dimensional models of person perception.
In contrast, the experiential system is holistic, affective (pleasure-pain) oriented, involves associationistic connections, encodes reality in concrete images, and is more rapid in processing but more slowly changes than the rational system.
This corrective information, viewed initially within an associationistic framework as a contingent event, strengthened correct responses through positive reinforcement and weakened incorrect responses through nonreinforcement.

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