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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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Take Coleridge, for instance, who shifted from being a political radical and a Hartlean associationist (in psychology) to the conservative defender of transcendentalist mind in the Biographia Literaria.
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).
The discussions of Victorian writings on mesmerism, multiple consciousness, memory, and associationist psychology are for the most part lucid, and serve the chance purpose--through extended quotes and an appendix of extracts--of bringing together a range of obscure texts on mental science and music in source-reader fashion.
Chapters include: nativist models, associationist models, constructivist models, sociocognitive models, and models mixed and models new.
Traditional methods of teaching are based on associationist and behaviorist views of learning proposed by Thorndike in the 1920s and B.
Let readers be advised here against any confusion of the term as it is used by Valdes and its more conventional use as it refers to David Hume's associationist epistemology.
It was overthrown by associationist behaviorism, which in turn, after a long and barren reign was overthrown by a triumphant newly cognitive psychology.
In subsequent chapters the author shows how the theory of evolutionary associationism, held by the Individualists, represented a big change from associationist psychology; how sociology in the hands of the Individualists changed from a tool for social engineering to a means for showing that such attempts to bring on desirable change were bound to fail; how the Individualists' theory of history "enabled them to present institutional conservatism as the truly progressive creed".
This psychological stance, which bears comparison to the nineteenth-century associationist theories of psychology that identified the mind as a series of transient mental states founded on the data of sensory experience, was noted by some Victorian critics.
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