Definition of Automatism

1. Noun. Any reaction that occurs automatically without conscious thought or reflection (especially the undirected behavior seen in psychomotor epilepsy).

Generic synonyms: Reaction, Response



Definition of Automatism

1. n. The state or quality of being automatic; the power of self-moving; automatic, mechanical, or involuntary action. (Metaph.) A theory as to the activity of matter.

Definition of Automatism

1. Noun. Acting automatically or involuntarily. ¹

2. Noun. (psychology) An action performed subconsciously, without any apparent direction from the mind; a thought which appears spontaneously in one's consciousness. ¹

3. Noun. A surrealist painting technique whereby one attempts to move the brush, pen etc. without conscious control over it. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Automatism

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Medical Definition of Automatism

1. A condition whereby an individual is consciously or unconsciously, but involuntarily, compelled to perform certain motor or verbal acts, often purposeless, foolish or harmful. Seen in psychomotor epilepsy, catatonic schizophrenia, psychogenic fugue, complex partial seizure, posttraumatic automatism and other conditions. Synonym: automatic behaviour. Origin: Gr. Automatismos = self action (02 Jan 1998)

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Literary usage of Automatism

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1. The Contemporary Review (1875)
"ON THE DOCTRINE OF HUMAN automatism. PAKT II. aim of my previous* paper was to establish that—by com- 1 bining the information we may obtain from the study ..."

2. The Monist by Hegeler Institute (1898)
"automatism, DETERMINISM, AND FREEDOM. Mr. Arthur Harington's courteous criticism of my ... Regarding, apparently, the term " automatism " as synonymous with ..."

3. A Broader Elementary Education by John Pancoast Gordy (1903)
"Instead of supposing with automatism that at a certain point in the ... The advantage of parallelism over automatism as a metaphysical theory is manifest. ..."

4. Dictionary of Philosophy and Psychology: Including Many of the Principal by James Mark Baldwin (1901)
"... closely resembles automatism, endeavours to avoid this inconsequence by referring both series conjointly to the causation of a single substance. ..."

5. Human Personality and Its Survival of Bodily Death by Frederic William Henry Myers, Leopold Hamilton Myers (1907)
"Considering together, under the heading of sensory and motor automatism, ... I begin, then, with my definition of automatism, as the widest term under which ..."

6. Habit and Intelligence: A Series of Essays on the Laws of Life and Mind by Joseph John Murphy, ( (1879)
"Instinct is primary automatism: Habit is secondary automatism.—But I do not believe that Bain's interpretation of the facts concerning the actions of young ..."

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