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

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These local associational economies, in their most extreme form, took the form of joint-stock Utopian communities like those of the Owenites and the Fourierist associations that many of the Patriot leaders joined; "Endless sterile debates over the tariff and internal improvements convinced most Associationists that the communitarian method of sidestepping politics was a far better alternative than pressing for social legislation.
Neither symbolic nor associationist approach succeed in explaining some important cognitive phenomena, such as concept acquisition, similarity description, and concept combinations; the conceptual approach pro vides a more appropriate basis for describing these phenomena.
As a "committed Fourierist" through the influence of Albert Brisbane, Greeley held with his fellow associationists "that the interests of labor, capital and talent could be reconciled by fixing the rewards of work according to a more egalitarian formula" (475), but the Fourierists offered an additional hope: that alienated work would disappear entirely, as the dichotomy between mental and manual labor could be dissolved and people would only engage in work that they really loved to do.
To sum up, there is some consensus in educational theory that learning should be understood in terms of these key factors: as an activity from the associationist perspective, as achieving understanding from the cognitive perspective, and as social practice from the situative point of view (Mayes and De Freitas 2004).
Relying heavily on Thomas Weiskel's 1976 study The Romantic Sublime, this looks like a rather old-fashioned claim, overlooking the fact that British aesthetic discourse in the period was more likely to be based on the associationist epistemology of David Hartley, Archibald Alison and Dugald Stewart than on Kantian idealism, relatively little known beyond the Coleridge circle.
Both in his account of how nature acts on the human mind from the very infancy of the human being and in his poetic theory, Wordsworth drew for some of his basic assumptions on eighteenth-century associationist psychology, and, as already mentioned, the association of ideas plays an important part in the structuring of his lyrics.
On the possible influence of Associationist psychology on the narrator's initial view of the House of Usher, see Barton Levi St.
Thought with its associationist processes is numbed by ceremonial repetitive connectives denoting invitation ("Come forth"), request ("Sing to me"), question ("And did you .
Intently aware that movements and changes in philosophical and intellectual currents were merely the by-product of some broader process of natural selection unfolding throughout the nineteenth century, Marshall set about welding together elements from a variegated philosophical fabric consisting of Adam Smith's naturalistic account of moral evolution, Coleridgean metaphysics, William Whewell's idealist philosophy, Alexander Bain's and John Stuart Mill's associationist psychology, John Grote's liberal Anglican philosophy, Hegel's philosophy of history, and much more besides, all coalescing in one of the most singular economic minds of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.
Mednick's associationist theory is based on the belief that individual creativity develops via a trial-and-error phenomenon involving putting together two or more ideas to form a unique, new notion, or association.
Her embrace of Hartleian associationism may well have come via her father's colleague, then her friend and fellow Dissenter, Joseph Priestly who, in his sermon "On Habitual Devotion;' endorses the associationist method as religious practice (McCarthy, ALB 208).
Perhaps because the sculptor was one of the major modernists of the 20th century, and therefore was regarded predominantly as a formalist, he has been thought to have been impervious to allegory and symbolism, those imaginatively rich associationist vehicles for the expression of meaning throughout the mediaeval, renaissance and baroque periods right down to the late 19th century, when they began to lose their vitality for progressive artists (although since the 1970s they have returned with a vengeance).
This associationist view of vocabulary has been criticised because vocabulary knowledge is not always associationally driven but meaning driven.
Since one thinks in file names, without thereby accessing a galaxy of various associations stored in the file, this architecture solves problems that plague associationist accounts of cognitive structure as a causal network.
This shows us that Hume's justification of justice as an artificial virtue is in conflict with his associationist system of sympathy.
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