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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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These local associational economies, in their most extreme form, took the form of joint-stock Utopian communities like those of the Owenites and the Fourierist associations that many of the Patriot leaders joined; "Endless sterile debates over the tariff and internal improvements convinced most Associationists that the communitarian method of sidestepping politics was a far better alternative than pressing for social legislation." (102)
As a "committed Fourierist" through the influence of Albert Brisbane, Greeley held with his fellow associationists "that the interests of labor, capital and talent could be reconciled by fixing the rewards of work according to a more egalitarian formula" (475), but the Fourierists offered an additional hope: that alienated work would disappear entirely, as the dichotomy between mental and manual labor could be dissolved and people would only engage in work that they really loved to do.
These were the words, in 1845, of Sarah Bagley, who worked in Lowell, Massachusetts, and became the vice president of the Lowell Union of Associationists, a utopian reform organization.
In these lectures Brown is a severe critic of Locke and Hartley and the associationists, and seems to use "analogy" in a traditional sense.
However, according to Slamecka (1985), this theory, as with other associationists' model theories attempting to explain this phenomenon, was incomplete and overly simplified.
Reiterating, at the close of his essay on the Romantic imagination, that the assumptions of the Romantic critics were "essentially a crystallization and ultimate conclusion of other premises which had been developed in separate directions by the eighteenth-century associationists," Waiter Jackson Bate goes on to observe that "the analysis of these directions must be deferred for subsequent discussion" (164).
Bushnell had, in no uncertain terms, relegated Associationists in general to his catalog of dangerous naturalisms and had cited Fourier disdainfully at several other points in Nature and the Supernatural.
But for the Wahhabis, they are worse than rejectionists: they are associationists and polytheists (mushrikin) who associate people (such as Ahl al-Bayt) and objects with God.
While the associationists retained racial hierarchy to legitimize imperial rule, opponents of racial theory among the sociologists invoked economic motives or the need for strategic security to overcome the paradox of a republic with imperial subjects.
(25) This verse states, "Abraham was neither a Jew nor a Christian, but an upright monotheist [hanif], one who had surrendered to God [muslim], and he was not one of the associationists."
Where Noyes and the Associationists agreed, they were often on to something important.
(14) Connectionism has been recruited for their different purposes by holists, associationists, antirepresentationalists, eliminativists, direct perception theorists, orthodox computationalists, neurocomputationalists, and anticomputationalists.

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