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Preference in using one side of the body over the other.


(Psychology) psychol the difference in the mental functions controlled by the left and right cerebral hemispheres of the brain


(ˌlæt əˈræl ɪ ti)

1. the use of one hand in preference to the other. Compare handedness.
2. the dominance or superior development of one side of the body or brain.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.laterality - localization of function on either the right or left sides of the brain
localisation, localisation of function, localisation principle, localization of function, localization principle, localization - (physiology) the principle that specific functions have relatively circumscribed locations in some particular part or organ of the body
2.laterality - the property of using one hand more than the other
asymmetry, dissymmetry, imbalance - (mathematics) a lack of symmetry
ambidexterity, ambidextrousness - the property of being equally skillful with each hand
sinistrality, left-handedness - preference for using the left hand
dextrality, right-handedness - preference for using the right hand
3.laterality - superior development of one side of the body
bodily property - an attribute of the body
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She then reviews the findings of current research on perception and cognition, memory processing, laterality, left brain-right brain distinctions, neurological and psychiatric disorders, and the role hormones may play in treating those disorders.
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Leonhard and Brugger (1998) posited that creative and schizotypal thought are related to a decrease in left-hemisphere dominance through an over-reliance on right-hemisphere processes, termed a laterality shift.
Much as a person finds it easier to use either the left or right hand to perform tasks, laterality, or favoring one side, affects how horses maneuver turns on racetracks and show-jumping courses.
Although it does seriously consider social environment as a facilitator of criminal behavior, with material on the stability of criminal and analogous behaviors across the life span and continuity in antisocial potential, this review also explains neuropsychological functioning, gender differences in brain processes and laterality, and the role of pubescence.
A horse's handedness, or motor laterality, translates into a tendency to drift in one direction, which can make a big difference to a horse's competitive chances.
Consistent with the laterality model, Rapp had predicted that metaphorical versus literal sentences would induce more vigorous brain activity in participants' right lateral temporal cortices.
Prostate cancer laterality does not predict prostate-specific antigen recurrence after radical prostatectomy.
ABSTRACT: The objective of this study was to see the incidence of peripheral laterality in schizophrenics and depressed patients.
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