LAW OF ASSIMILATION By Nugent, Pam M.S. - May 11, 2013 The theory that an organism will respond to new stimuli based on reactions to familiar stimuli. Also known as generalization. LAW OF ASSIMILATION: "The law of assimilation helps to explain an individuals response to new stimuli." Related Psychology Terms RESTRICTED LEARNING RESPONSE-BY-ANALOGY PRINCIPLE STIMULUS GENERALIZATION ERIKSEN FLANKERS TASK SPECIES-SPECIFIC DEFENSE REACTION (SSDR) SENSITIZATION SUBTHRESHOLD POTENTIAL PERCENTILE REINFORCEMENT BEHAVIORAL SPECIALIZATION S-O-R PSYCHOLOGY Cite this page: Nugent, Pam M.S., "LAW OF ASSIMILATION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, May 11, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/law-of-assimilation/ (accessed July 26, 2017).