connectionism

connectionism

[kuh-nek-shuh-niz-uhm]
noun Psychology.
the theory that all mental processes can be described as the operation of inherited or acquired bonds between stimulus and response.

Origin:
connection + -ism

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connectionism (kəˈnɛkʃənɪzəm)
 
n
psychol the theory that the connections between brain cells mediate thought and govern behaviour

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Main Entry:  connectionism
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  an approach in artificial intelligence to recreate the connections between nodes of information, in a network or hierarchy, that is equivalent to the brain's connections; also called [parallel distributed processing]
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