noun[mass noun] Psychiatry
- 1The performance of actions without conscious thought or intention: diabetic patients who commit crimes while hypoglycaemic may be able to plead automatismMore example sentences
- This problem highlights the difficulty in delineating the dividing line between automatism and insanity, or, as it is often termed non-insane automatism and insane automatism.
- In any case, automatism itself, though perhaps a kind of bypassing of the will, does not seem to me to represent necessarily an impairment of the agent's volitional capacities.
- Thus, where the malfunctioning of the mind is caused by an external factor, the legal classification is automatism rather than insanity; where it is arises from an internal cause, the classification is insanity.
- 1.1 [count noun] An action performed unconsciously or involuntarily: automatisms occurred in all four epileptic syndromesMore example sentences
- He sums up his discussion of automatisms (automatic writing and so on) by saying that they ‘represent a class of instances in which apparent mental causation fails.’
- Motor automatisms were the ‘movement of limbs or hand or tongue, initiated by an inner motor impulse beyond the conscious will’.
- Six patients described an aura, and three were noted to have automatisms.
- 1.2 Art The avoidance of conscious intention in producing works of art, especially by using mechanical techniques or subconscious associations.More example sentences
- Despite these developments, the decline of automatism as a Surrealist technique can be perceived as early as 1930, the date of the Second Surrealist Manifesto.
- His esthetic interests ran to European Surrealism, and with William Baziotes and Jackson Pollock he began to experiment with nontraditional ways of making art, including automatism.
- Like many midcentury abstractionists, he was influenced by the Surrealist idea of automatism, which he incorporated into his early works.
mid 19th century: from French automatisme, from automate 'automaton', from Greek automatos 'acting of itself' (see automaton).
More definitions of automatismDefinition of automatism in:
- The US English dictionary