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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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Although the first model situates its explanation at the cognitive (propositional) level of analysis and the second at the functional, each potentially allows for novel theoretical and empirical predictions about automatic social cognition above and beyond the boundaries of associationism.
Hallucination theorists are keen to break away from Hartley's theory, which provides a kind of mnemonic chain of command; although associationism (as we've seen Coleridge point out) compromises individual agency, it insists that ideas and memories follow certain rules and are, as such, never completely disconnected or autonomous.
Thus, more intense political and social associationism also results in higher interest in politics.
13) In the Biographia Literaria Coleridge recounts the story of an uneducated German woman who spoke fluent Latin and Greek when she fell into periodic trances, and uses the narrative as supporting evidence for his critique of Hartleyan associationism and its account of the mind as a succession of transient mental states.
118) It is understood from the associationism of the Lockean epistemology adopted by Hutcheson.
Its discourses on the conceptual realm render the novel a more "scientific" work than the movie, which relies more on mythical associationism and the transcendental style.
The discourse of associationism that rejected non-Europeans as potential citizens was acceptable even if racial hierarchy was questioned.
It may have been part of a mystery wrapped in the associationism of David Hartley: more on this later.
Many researchers in education (as well as politicians) are now advocating "scientifically based research," which to them means research based on behaviorism and/or associationism.
The success of Brook Farm required not only achieving what George Ripley described as a "more simple and wholesome life," but also spreading the "universal and eternal laws" of Associationism and Fourierism, which condemned traditional institutions and promoted utopian socialism.
John Conron's American Picturesque, which barely mentions James, suggests three specifically American characteristics of the picturesque aesthetic: an eclecticism that blurs the boundaries between 'the picturesque, the sublime, and the beautiful'; a movement from associationism, under the impact of German idealism, to a transcendentalist approach in which seeing and remembering gives way to the reading of picturesque phenomena as in themselves yielding details, incidents, and even narratives; and a 'fusion of nature with art', the 'boundaries between art and nature' virtually disappearing (pp.
Shelley's generalized references to pyramids, obelisks, sphinxes, and ruined temples clearly owe a great deal less to direct observation than they do to the ontological legacy of the Enlightenment and its concern with "general ideas," a facet of that complex of epistemological attitudes that followed naturally upon Locke's sensationalism, Hartley's Associationism, and Hume's analysis of convention.
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