[kuh-nek-shuh-niz-uh m] /kəˈnɛk ʃəˌnɪz əm/

noun, Psychology.
the theory that all mental processes can be described as the operation of inherited or acquired bonds between stimulus and response.
(psychol) the theory that the connections between brain cells mediate thought and govern behaviour

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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