[uh-soh-see-ey-shuh-niz-uh m, -shee-ey-]
- Psychology. any of several theories that explain complex psychological phenomena as being built up from the association of simple sensations, stimuli and responses, or other behavioral or mental elements considered as primary.
Origin of associationism
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Examples from the Web for associationism
This must be called their proton pseudos, if associationism pure and simple is to be accepted.The Place of Science in Modern Civilisation and Other Essays
The one-sidedness of the physiological sensory theories has been the hidden reason for the one-sidedness of associationism.
- psychol a theory that all mental activity is based on connections between basic mental events, such as sensations and feelings
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