noun a theory in philosophy or psychology which regards the simple association of ideas or sensations as the primary basis of meaning, thought, or learning.
associationist noun & adjective

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  • Associationism — in philosophy refers to the idea that mental processes operate by the association of one state with its successor states. The idea is first recorded in Plato and Aristotle, especially with regard to the succession of memories. Members of the… …   Wikipedia

  • Associationism — As*so ci*a tion*ism, n. (Philos.) The doctrine or theory held by associationists. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • associationism — noun Date: 1875 a reductionist school of psychology that holds that the content of consciousness can be explained by the association and reassociation of irreducible sensory and perceptual elements • associationist noun • associationistic… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • associationism — associationist, adj., n. associationistic, adj. /euh soh see ay sheuh niz euhm, shee ay /, n. Psychol. any of several theories that explain complex psychological phenomena as being built up from the association of simple sensations, stimuli and… …   Universalium

  • associationism — noun A theory that association (of experiences etc) is the basis of consciousness and mental activity …   Wiktionary

  • associationism — In psychology, the theory that man s understanding of the world occurs through ideas associated with sensory experience rather than through innate ideas. * * * as·so·ci·a·tion·ism ə .sō sē ā shə .niz əm, .sō shē n a reductionist school of… …   Medical dictionary

  • associationism — as·so·ci·a·tion·ism …   English syllables

  • associationism — as•so•ci•a•tion•ism [[t]əˌsoʊ siˈeɪ ʃəˌnɪz əm, ʃiˈeɪ [/t]] n. psl any theory that explains complex psychological phenomena as built up from combinations of simple sensory and behavioral elements • Etymology: 1830–40 as•so ci•a′tion•ist, adj. n.… …   From formal English to slang

  • associationism — noun (psychology) a theory that association is the basic principle of mental activity • Syn: ↑association theory • Topics: ↑psychology, ↑psychological science • Hypernyms: ↑scientific theory …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ассоцианизм (associationism) — Ассоц. идей это интуитивное представление о том, что идеи группируются вместе (ассоциируются) нек рым поддающимся толкованию способом. Напр., услышав слово «лошадь», мы, вероятно, подумаем о «животном», «наезднике» или «скачках», но не о… …   Психологическая энциклопедия

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