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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.
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(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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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.
The great critical champion of |the common voice of the multitude', however, neither followed |Longinus' nor subscribed to a rigorous associationism; Dr Johnson invested the reader with an importance based on A uniformitarianism older than associationist psychology. As W.
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