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In psychology, the theory that human understanding of the world occurs through ideas associated with sensory experience rather than through innate ideas.


(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.
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They will still be based on an associationist psychology that several decades of experience have proved to be of little value in improving education for urban minority students.
The point is that a great many of the standards required by outside agencies or testing programs need not -- and should not -- be taught on the basis of an associationist psychology wedded to a pedagogy of poverty, although admittedly this entails tradeoffs and some necessary compromising with respect to constructivist teaching for depth of understanding.
British associationist psychology and physiological psychology" are considered, and the author argues persuasively that Unamuno was unfamiliar with William James' stream of consciousness theory at the time of writing the essays of En torno al casticismo.
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