Definition of mentalistic in English:


Pronunciation /ˌmentlˈistik/



See mentalist

‘During this period, he became a leading figure in US linguistics, replacing a mechanistic and behaviouristic view of language (based on the work of Bloomfield) with a mentalistic and generative approach.’
  • ‘Descartes took a strong mentalistic position, arguing that the mind operated according to its own principles and that it came stocked with innate ideas.’
  • ‘Convinced that psychology could be a wholly objective science, Watson called for reform in its content and its methods and for the rejection of mentalistic terms such as ‘mind ‘and ‘consciousness.’’
  • ‘He says that he is deliberately avoiding the trap of trying to specifically define such mentalist terms as mind cognition, perception, and other closely related mentalistic terms.’
  • ‘Psychologists have coined the mentalistic term ‘confirmatory bias’ to explain a phenomenon in which one notices data which seem to confirm one's hypothesis, and ignores data that tend to disconfirm that hypothesis.’