associationism [uh-soh-see-ey-shuh-niz-uh m, -shee-ey-] ExamplesWord Origin 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 of associationism An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; association + -ism Related formsas·so·ci·a·tion·ist, adjective, nounas·so·ci·a·tion·is·tic, adjective Examples from the Web for associationism Historical Examples of associationism

  • This must be called their proton pseudos, if associationism pure and simple is to be accepted.

    The Place of Science in Modern Civilisation and Other Essays

    Thorstein Veblen

  • The one-sidedness of the physiological sensory theories has been the hidden reason for the one-sidedness of associationism.

    Harvard Psychological Studies, Volume 1


  • British Dictionary definitions for associationism associationism 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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