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Parietal Lobe

Quick facts about the Parietal lobe:

  1. Location: Upper, back part of the cortex
  2. Function: Processes sensory information that had to do with taste, temperature, and touch, as well as hearing and visual perception.

Illustration of the Parietal Lobe

While all parts of the brain are important, the parietal lobe is one of the major lobes of the human brain that processes sensory information from the world around us.

Found in the cerebral cortex, it sits behind the frontal lobe and above the temporal lobe. It is found on both the left and right hemispheres of the cerebral cortex. The parietal lobe carries out some very specific functions to do with processing sensory information such as temperature, taste, and sensations related to touch such as pain, pressure, heat, cold, tension, etc. For this reason, the parietal lobe depends on the proper functioning of other parts of the body in order to receive proper information within seconds. If this part of the brain was damaged or not functioning properly, people would not be able to to feel sensations of touch.

The parietal lobe is also necessary for processing information that gives us visual and auditory perception. We’re therefore able to judge the shape, size, and distance of an object.

Depending on whether a person is left or right-handed, the parietal lobe will generally be more active on the opposite side of the parietal lobe. For example, if you’re right-handed, the left side of the parietal lobe will be more active.