law of contiguity


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law of con·ti·gu·i·ty

when two ideas or psychologically perceived events have once occurred in close association they are likely to recur, the subsequent recurrence of one tending to elicit the other; this law figures prominently in modern theories of conditioning and learning.

law of con·ti·gu·i·ty

(law kon'ti-gyū'i-tē)
When two ideas or psychologically perceived events have once occurred in close association they are likely to so occur again, the subsequent occurrence of one tending to elicit the other; this law figures prominently in modern theories of conditioning and learning.

law of contiguity

1. A law stating that if two ideas occur together, then the recollection of one will likely stimulate recall of the other.
2. A law stating that if combined stimuli precede contraction of a muscle, then, when those stimuli are repeated, the muscle will contract again.
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