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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.
many scriptures refer to God as a pleasure-loving God), the very idea may be viewed with caution by some Christians through their experiential processing mode--perhaps because of strong associationistic connections with a "worldly-pleasure," or through concrete and stereotypical images of "pleasurable" living (carousing, lust, 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.
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