Definition of lateralize in English:


Syllabification: lat·er·al·ize
Pronunciation: /ˈlatərəˌlīz, ˈlatrə-


(be lateralized)
1(Of the brain) show laterality.
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  • Their opinion was that negative emotions are more lateralized in the brain because they are associated with survival mechanisms.
  • This has led to the hypothesis that this treatment may be helpful in dampening that lateralized hyperexcitability.
  • Males showed right lateralized activation in the more difficult spatial tasks and bilateral activation across all spatial tasks, whereas females showed less activation in both levels of the task.
1.1 [with adverbial] (Of an organ, function, or activity) be largely under the control of one side of the brain: this is a function that is usually lateralized on the right
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  • Studies that demand this kind of hemispheric competition have revealed that control over voluntary attention seems to be preferentially lateralized to the left hemisphere.
1.2 [with adverbial] Medicine (Of a lesion or pathological process) be diagnosed as localized to one or the other side of the brain.
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  • It is however uncommon for depression to involve lateralised impairment.



Pronunciation: /ˌlatərəliˈzāshən, ˌlatrə-, -ˌlīˈzā/
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  • But the evidence suggests that some animals favor one side for certain tasks - a phenomenon known as lateralization.
  • The study's findings are provocative but not conclusive, say researchers on brain lateralization, giftedness and mathematics education.
  • Among children, the 1990s saw the emergence of new theories of intellectual development, and patterns of cerebral lateralization in the maturing child.

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