1. Neuroscience. The hypothetical process where the activation of one neuron spreads to others. 2. Cognitive psychology. A model for the association of ideas and memories that is based on activating one memory will trigger associated items.

SPREADING ACTIVATION: "In spreading activation, when one thing i activated it will move to others."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "SPREADING ACTIVATION," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 13, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/spreading-activation/ (accessed September 13, 2021).