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associationism

[uh-soh-see-ey-shuh-niz-uh m, -shee-ey-] /əˌsoʊ siˈeɪ ʃəˌnɪz əm, -ʃiˈeɪ-/
noun
1.
Psychology. any of several theories that explain complex psychological phenomena as being built up from the association of simple sensations, stimuli and responses, or other behavioral or mental elements considered as primary.
Compare sensationism.
Origin
1830-1840
1830-40, Americanism; association + -ism
Related forms
associationist, adjective, noun
associationistic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for associationism

associationism

/əˌsəʊsɪˈeɪʃəˌnɪzəm/
noun
1.
(psychol) a theory that all mental activity is based on connections between basic mental events, such as sensations and feelings
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