Associationism



Psychology. any of several theories that explain complex psychological phenomena as being built up from the of simple sensations, stimuli and responses, or other behavioral or mental elements considered as primary.
Historical Examples

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 Various

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

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