associative learning

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associative learning n.
A learning principle based on the belief that ideas and experiences reinforce one another and can be mentally linked to enhance the learning process.

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associative learning

in animal behaviour, any learning process in which a new response becomes associated with a particular stimulus. In its broadest sense, the term has been used to describe virtually all learning except simple habituation (q.v.). In a more restricted sense, it has been limited to learning that occurs through classical and instrumental conditioning (see conditioning).

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