Definition of Functionalism

1. Noun. A psychology based on the assumption that all mental process are useful to an organism in adapting to the environment.

Generic synonyms: Scientific Theory
Category relationships: Psychological Science, Psychology
Derivative terms: Functionalist

2. Noun. Any doctrine that stresses utility or purpose.

Definition of Functionalism

1. Noun. (architecture) A doctrine, in several fields, that the function of something should be reflected in its design and the materials used in its construction ¹

2. Noun. (philosophy) The definition of mental states in terms of their causes and effects ¹

3. Noun. (social science) The idea that social and cultural cohesion are a function of the interdependence and interactions of the institutions of a society ¹

4. Noun. (psychology) A general school of thought that considers psychological phenomena in terms of their role in adaptation to the person's environment ¹

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Definition of Functionalism

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Medical Definition of Functionalism

1. A branch of psychology concerned with the function of mental processes in man and animals, especially the role of the mind, intellect, emotions, and behaviour in an individual's adaptation to the environment. Compare: structuralism. (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Functionalism

functional reserve
functional residual air
functional residual capacity
functional root
functional roots
functional spasm
functional sphincter
functional splint
functional stricture
functional terminal innervation ratio
functional visual loss
functional vocal fatigue
functional work
functionalism (current term)

Literary usage of Functionalism

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1919)
"See also functionalism. (2) In mathematics, one quantity is said to be a function of another, or of several others, when its value depends on those of the ..."

2. The Foundations of Psychology by Jared Sparks Moore (1921)
"functionalism views the mind entirely from the standpoint of function, ... functionalism thus treats mental processes rather as phases of a single mental ..."

3. Dutch Type by Jan Middendorp (2004)
"functionalism and the grid The Dutch movement, or mode of operation, that in the 19605 became known as 'functionalism', was in many ways a continuation of ..."

4. Design and Analysis by Bernard Leupen, Christoph Grafe, Nicola Körnig, Marc Lampe, Peter De Zeeuw (1997)
"Plan 3,3 functionalism With the turbulent development of the industrial metropolis in the nineteenth century, housing became a social problem. ..."

5. Understanding HIV/AIDS Stigma: A Theoretical and Methodological Analysisby Harriet Deacon, Inez Stephney, Sandra Prosalendis by Harriet Deacon, Inez Stephney, Sandra Prosalendis (2005)
"How does this argument avoid conceptual inflation, functionalism and individualism? First, it is not suggesting that stigma has to result in discrimination ..."

6. The Nature of Landscape: A Personal Quest by Han Lorzing (2001)
"Later in the 2oth century, when the early idealists either had died or adapted themselves to the real world, functionalism became the ruling architectural ..."

7. Renewing the United Nations System by Erskine Childers (1999)
"This 'functionalism' also involved the interesting assumption that agriculture, health, education, trade and other 'technical' matters were not in any sense ..."

8. Patent Essentials for the Executive, Engineer, Lawyer and Inventor: A by John Franklin Robb, George Prescott Tucker, Louis William Maxson, Edwin Clark Reynolds, Loren Alonzo Sadler, Edward Collins (1922)
"Occasionally, this ground of rejection is advanced by an Examiner who is somewhat of a novice himself in re-' gard to the practise as to functionalism. ..."

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