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Loose Associations

  1. Ralph E. Hoffman

Published Online: 30 JAN 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470479216.corpsy0516

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology

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Hoffman, R. E. 2010. Loose Associations. Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology. 1–2.

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  1. Yale University

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 30 JAN 2010


The primary source of data for assessing patients with psychotic disorders is speech behavior during a clinical interview. One critical component of this assessment is the patient's ability to produce coherent conversational discourse.


  • associations;
  • cognition;
  • coherence;
  • derailment;
  • thinking