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.
- au·tom·a·tist, noun, adjective
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How to use automatism in a sentence
There is an automatism to him, a preternatural talent for responding exactly, and briskly, with what is expected.
This automatism should not be checked: it should be recorded.Mentally Defective Children | Alfred Binet
Sensory automatism is the term given by students of psychical research to a centrally initiated hallucination.
The subject of automatism has thus far been illustrated by reference to Planchette-writing alone.
This is often called absent-mindedness; it is also one of the most common and simple forms of automatism.
These studies and experiments relate to telepathy, automatism, and the action of the subliminal self.
British Dictionary definitions for automatism
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
- automatist, noun
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