from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Plural form of automatism.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • From the beginning of human culture, the Bushman dancers have encouraged the expression of body automatisms, particularly spirited trembling and shaking.

    The Bushman Way of Tracking God

  • It seeks to investigate reflexes and instincts, automatisms and unconscious reactions.

    Testing the Freedom to Choose, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • But it has told us nothing about the reflexes that have built cathedrals, railroads, and fortresses, the instincts that have produced philosophies, poems, and legal systems, the automatisms that have resulted in the growth and decline of empires, the unconscious reactions that are splitting atoms.

    Testing the Freedom to Choose, Bryan Caplan | EconLog | Library of Economics and Liberty

  • Throughout the book Beckett misses no opportunity to exploit certain automatisms in the language which lead it to fall into error.

    Beckett: Still Stirring

  • The field has proliferated theories in an attempt to make sense of it all; the philosopher Jerry Fodor 1985, 4 notes that experts are “attempting to understand thinking in terms of a baroque proliferation of scripts, plans, frames, schemata, special-purpose heuristics, expert systems, and other species of domain-specific intellectual automatisms—jumped-up habits, to put it in a nutshell.”

    The Muse in the Machine

  • Stage hypnotists will use ideomotor effect and automatisms as part and parcel to a number of physically manifested hypnotic and post-hypnotic suggestions.

    Ideokinesis . . . . . . clarifications and whatnot discussion on . . .. . . Workshop on Utilizing Ideomotor Effect and More

  • Besides waking graphic automatisms, there are the sensory automatisms called dreams.

    Experiencing the Next World Now

  • Myers, with heroic insight, brought in the subliminal mind, source of our creative selves, and Janet, another neglected genius in psychology,14 showed through hypnosis how automatisms pervade our mental life.

    Experiencing the Next World Now

  • During systemic and mental status examinations, particular attention should be given to signs of drug or alcohol intoxication; tattoos; needle-tracks; motorcycle-gang style of dress; agitation; pacing; muscle-clenching; menacing gait, threatening gestures; anger or irritability; and rapidity or pressure of speech; revengeful, jealous, or threatening thought content; delusions of persecution particularly of being poisoned; alterations of consciousness; automatisms; or postictal delirious behavior.

    The Neuropsychiatric Guide to Modern Everyday Psychiatry

  • Psychoanalytic exploration of countless “unconscious mechanisms” has brought to light and catalogued a whole new province of “automatisms” in the life of the psyche.

    Dictionary of the History of Ideas


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.