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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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Two dimensions of Marxist thought also inhabited by the associationists and the radical transcendentalists are the wish for full human development, of which the desire to abolish alienated work (an idea held, among others, by the Brook Farmers) is an important aspect, and the desire for an abundance that will allow society to treat all persons according to their individual abilities and needs.
Two papers in particular, Ferrier's Proposition One and Ye Machine, were motivated by the associationist psychology of John Stuart Mill and Alexander Bain whose searching explorations of the human mind had inspired Marshall to embark upon his own quest to unravel the undulations of the human cognitive experience.
The theoretical origins of learning via concept mapping can be related back to constructivism, assimilation, and associationist theories.
Noyes's account of Associationist failures was marked by the same eccentric genius that characterized his own work as a community founder, and his conclusions merit as much attention as those of more recent historians.
In Portugal the movement's consolidation coincided with the rise of Republicanism and other progressive forces, driven by associationist and federalist doctrines: it favoured formal institutional mobilization and inclined towards administratively highly autonomous political systems.
This clearly takes us back to associationist contractualism, which says society arose from a contract, an adding together, as it were, of individual, perfectly free wills and a juxtaposition of independent elements.
The decision in 1845 to begin publishing the Associationist newspaper The Harbinger, for example, was an attempt to spread the Associationist gospel--offering instruction on labor, education, and even sexual relations.
Whereas in earlier associationist thought the strongest passions were considered unable to "focus" on anything external to themselves, Coleridge shows that in fact they make everything internal.
In her presidential address at the 2000 AERA Annual Meeting, Shepard (2000) argued that assessment methods commonly used in education today reflect the associationist and behavioral learning theories that held popular sway in the early and middle 20th century.
Alan Richardson explores at length Louisa's head injury in light of the history of the debate between early nineteenth-century associationist accounts of mind and the new neuroscientific concepts that evolved into modern brain science (142).
He examines how the associationist psychology of the fictional autobiographies of authors like Dickens and Thackeray evolved an insistently useful memory, memory related only to current concerns.
The poet was familiar with the British and French associationist theories (he says, in a much quoted letter, that Locke was at the foundation of all his philosophical thinking).
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