associationism

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(psychology) a theory that association is the basic principle of mental activity

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Two papers in particular, Ferrier's Proposition One and Ye Machine, were motivated by the associationist psychology of John Stuart Mill and Alexander Bain whose searching explorations of the human mind had inspired Marshall to embark upon his own quest to unravel the undulations of the human cognitive experience.
He examines how the associationist psychology of the fictional autobiographies of authors like Dickens and Thackeray evolved an insistently useful memory, memory related only to current concerns.
They will still be based on an associationist psychology that several decades of experience have proved to be of little value in improving education for urban minority students.
The discussions of Victorian writings on mesmerism, multiple consciousness, memory, and associationist psychology are for the most part lucid, and serve the chance purpose--through extended quotes and an appendix of extracts--of bringing together a range of obscure texts on mental science and music in source-reader fashion.
The associationist psychology of art critics like Archibald Alison (Essays on the Nature and Principles of Taste, first published in 1790) provided a theoretical explanation for this synecdochal connection.
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