association area


Definition of association area

: an area of the cerebral cortex that functions in linking and coordinating the sensory and motor areas

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Recent Examples on the Web Village association Area Representative Bryan Leavitt said being centered in a great area for community fun is a major attraction point for the village. Jeff Forward, Houston Chronicle, "Village profile: Panther Creek is home to Lake Woodlands," 6 May 2018

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1897, in the meaning defined above

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“Association area.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jan. 2021.

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association area

variants: or association cortex

Medical Definition of association area

: an area of the cerebral cortex that functions in linking and coordinating the sensory and motor areas Higher cognitive functions in primates, including humans, depend on the appropriate number, organization, and connectivity of neurons in the association areas of the neocortex.— David R. Kornack et al., Science, 7 Dec. 2001 This [Wernicke's] area is conveniently surrounded by the auditory cortex as well as by areas collectively known as association cortex, areas that integrate auditory, visual, and somatic sensation into complex perceptions. — Eric R. Kandel et al., Principles of Neural Science, 4th edition, 2000

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