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Localization of a function, such as speech, to the right or left side of the brain.

lat′er·al·ize′ v.


(ˌlætərəlaɪˈzeɪʃən) or


(Medicine) the limitation of a bodily function, such as speech or handedness, to one side of the brain


(ˌlæt ər ə ləˈzeɪ ʃən)

functional specialization of the brain, with some skills, as language, occurring primarily in the left hemisphere and others, as the perception of visual and spatial relationships, occurring primarily in the right hemisphere.
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Noun1.lateralization - 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
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In the last years, however, several studies have reported the existence of lateralization of brain functions among mammals, birds (see Walker, 1980), fishes, reptiles and amphibians (Bisazza et al.
Bryden, The Genetics of Handedness, Cerebral Dominance, and Lateralization, vol.
Consider the lateralization of brain function and Right Brain - Left Brain Theory.
However, the functional effect of RS+ gene presence is expected to be the lateralization of speech in the left hemisphere (M.
Electroencephalographic (EEG) analysis showed bioelectrical activity with diffuse slowing pattern without any localization or lateralization with theta waves of 6-7 c/s.
Keeping in view the brain lateralization, the present study is legitimate in hypothesizing that the left handers would be more creative than the right handers.
Objective: Atrial isomerism is a congenital disorder, which is characterized by lateralization defects in normally asymmetrical developing organs like the heart.
But often lacking in the science of brain lateralization is a sense of how we, as beings, are affected by what's happening in each hemisphere.
In patients with hemispheric infarction (n = 148), depending on the lateralization of the focus, brain infarction was located in the right hemisphere in 46.
There is no clearcut increase in general lateralization of the brain in human evolution--ape brains are not symmetric (Balzeau and Gilissen, 2010)--and fossils are rarely undamaged and undistorted enough to be informative in this respect.
Lateralization of the cup is necessary to a successful outcome.