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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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Neither symbolic nor associationist approach succeed in explaining some important cognitive phenomena, such as concept acquisition, similarity description, and concept combinations; the conceptual approach pro vides a more appropriate basis for describing these phenomena.
Both in his account of how nature acts on the human mind from the very infancy of the human being and in his poetic theory, Wordsworth drew for some of his basic assumptions on eighteenth-century associationist psychology, and, as already mentioned, the association of ideas plays an important part in the structuring of his lyrics.
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.
Perhaps because the sculptor was one of the major modernists of the 20th century, and therefore was regarded predominantly as a formalist, he has been thought to have been impervious to allegory and symbolism, those imaginatively rich associationist vehicles for the expression of meaning throughout the mediaeval, renaissance and baroque periods right down to the late 19th century, when they began to lose their vitality for progressive artists (although since the 1970s they have returned with a vengeance).
This associationist view of vocabulary has been criticised because vocabulary knowledge is not always associationally driven but meaning driven.
Since one thinks in file names, without thereby accessing a galaxy of various associations stored in the file, this architecture solves problems that plague associationist accounts of cognitive structure as a causal network.
"associationist" movement of the 1920s--a small business
This shows us that Hume's justification of justice as an artificial virtue is in conflict with his associationist system of sympathy.
-- Steve Anderson likes to think of himself as a "radical associationist" because he can't imagine doing any other work.
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.
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