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as·so·ci·a·tion·ism

 (ə-sō′sē-ā′shə-nĭz′əm, ə-sō′shē-)
n.
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.

associationism

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

as•so•ci•a•tion•ism

(əˌsoʊ siˈeɪ ʃəˌnɪz əm, -ʃiˈeɪ-)

n.
any theory that explains complex psychological phenomena as built up from combinations of simple sensory and behavioral elements.
[1830–40]
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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Thus, Americans viewed Twitmyer's discovery of psychically elicited reflexes as a curious extension of associationistic principles, but not very important in elucidating the nature of the contents of mind.
Thinking about people: Contributions of a typological alternative to associationistic and dimensional models of person perception.

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