association area

noun

Definition of association area

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

First Known Use of association area

1897


Medical Dictionary

association area

noun
variants: or

association cortex

Medical Definition of association area

  1. :  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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