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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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holistic, associationistic, crudely differentiated, self evidently valid, etc.
and Constantine Sedikides (1991), "Thinking About People: Contributions of a Typological Alternative to Associationistic and Dimensional Models of Person Perception," Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 60(2): 203-217.
Whereas the rational system is primarily analytic, logical, conscious, intentional, and slow and encodes in symbols and language, the experiential system is holistic, associationistic, preconscious, automatic, and fast and encodes in images and metaphors (Epstein et al.
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