- the action or condition of being automatic; mechanical or involuntary action.
- Philosophy. the doctrine that all activities of animals, or of humans and animals, are entirely controlled by physical or physiological causes in which consciousness takes no part.
- Physiology. the involuntary functioning of an organic process, especially muscular, without apparent neural stimulation.
- the performance of an act or actions without the performer's awareness or conscious volition.
- such an act, as sleepwalking.
- a method of producing pictorial art, as paintings and collages, associated chiefly with the dadaists and surrealists, in which the artist strives to allow the impulses of the unconscious to guide the hand in matters of line, color, and structure without the interference of conscious choice.
Origin of automatism
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Examples from the Web for automatism
There is an automatism to him, a preternatural talent for responding exactly, and briskly, with what is expected.Oren Makes Friends, Not News
October 16, 2012
In certain cases, however, the instinct loses its rigidity and automatism.The Industries of Animals
For automatism in life is a forestalling of the death process.
Because—and this is very important—the dream-process loves its own automatism.
The dream-process, fiendishly, plays a triumph of automatism over us.
Then we arise with a feeling of the monotony and automatism of life.
- the state or quality of being automatic; mechanical or involuntary action
- law philosophy the explanation of an action, or of action in general, as determined by the physiological states of the individual, admissible in law as a defence when the physiological state is involuntary, as in sleepwalking
- psychol the performance of actions, such as sleepwalking, without conscious knowledge or control
- the suspension of consciousness sought or achieved by certain artists and writers to allow free flow of uncensored thoughts
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- The involuntary functioning of an organ or other body structure that is not under conscious control, such as the beating of the heart or the dilation of the pupil of the eye.
- The reflexive action of a body part.
- An act performed without intent or conscious exercise of the will, often without realization of its occurrence, as for certain types of epilepsy.
- A condition in which one is consciously or unconsciously, but involuntarily, compelled to the performance of certain acts.telergy
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