Well...first of all...your articulation of associational networks is very nice. Nicely stated. In fact, maybe one of the best I've read. So, it is not possible to improve your understanding of that at a verbal level.
It is quite easy to dissociate one thing from another, in most cases. The "trick" is to stabilize the desired state...the experience one wishes to continue to be syntonic. Then, while that is stabilized the other experience must be trigger in some manner but with the stipulation that only the stabilizing cue be allowed to influence the desired experience (the cues from the soon to be dissociated experience must be extinguished). That extingishing is pretty easy since usually they exist on what could be seen as a continuous reinforcement paradigm...so one or two or three time of their occurance sans the usual consequence (the inhibited expereince they cued) and voila...they don't connect anymore...they are dissociated. (Hope that made sense to anyone other then me.).
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