Meaning of dichotic in English:


Pronunciation /dʌɪˈkɒtɪk/


  • Involving or relating to the simultaneous stimulation of the right and left ear by different sounds.

    ‘This dichotic auditory stimulus in which the only difference in the sounds to the two ears is the sound pressure level, is heard as a sound inside the head (lateralized).’
    • ‘Using dichotic listening tasks, Bryden also studied the differential processing of verbal and emotional stimuli, and abnormal lateralized functioning in children with learning disabilities.’
    • ‘Relatively recently a study applied the dichotic listening paradigm to investigate correlation of handedness with language lateralization in twins and concluded that language lateralization is nongenetic in origin.’
    • ‘For example, in dichotic listening tests, subjects hear two distinct streams of information simultaneously through two separate channels of a pair of earphones.’
    • ‘Hillyard and Picton carried out a now-classic dichotic listening study.’


Early 20th century from Greek dikho- ‘apart’ + ous, ōt- ‘ear’ + -ic.