associationism


associationism
as•so•ci•a•tion•ism
[[t]əˌsoʊ siˈeɪ ʃəˌnɪz əm, -ʃiˈeɪ-[/t]] n.
psl any theory that explains complex psychological phenomena as built up from combinations of simple sensory and behavioral elements
Etymology: 1830–40 as•so`ci•a′tion•ist, adj. n. as•so`ci•a`tion•is′tic, adj.

From formal English to slang. 2014.