dichotic

adjective dich·otic \ (ˌ)dī-ˈkō-tik \
|Updated on: 12 Jun 2018

Definition of dichotic

: relating to or involving the presentation of a stimulus to one ear that differs in some respect (such as pitch, loudness, frequency, or energy) from a stimulus presented to the other ear
  • dichotic listening

dichotically

play \-ti-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Origin and Etymology of dichotic

borrowed from German dichotisch, from dich- dich- + -otisch 2-otic
Note: Term introduced by the German psychologist Carl Stumpf (1848-1936) in "Differenztöne und Konsonanz," Zeitschrift für Psychologie und Physiologie der Sinnesorgane, Band 39 (1905), p. 276. Stumpf attributes the coinage (along with that of diotisch "diotic" and monotisch "monotic") to his colleague H. Diels.


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dichotic

adjective dich·otic \ (ˈ)dī-ˈkōt-ik \

medical Definition of dichotic

: relating to or involving the presentation of a stimulus to one ear that differs in some respect (as pitch, loudness, frequency, or energy) from a stimulus presented to the other ear
  • dichotic listening

dichotically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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