[uh-soh-see-ey-shuh-niz-uhm, -shee-ey-]
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.

1830–40, Americanism; association + -ism

associationist, adjective, noun
associationistic, adjective Unabridged
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associationism (əˌsəʊsɪˈeɪʃəˌnɪzəm)
psychol a theory that all mental activity is based on connections between basic mental events, such as sensations and feelings

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