parietal lobe


Definition of parietal lobe

: the middle division of each cerebral hemisphere that contains an area concerned with bodily sensations

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Young people with autism show a lot of folding in patches of the left temporal and parietal lobes—regions responsible for processing sound and spatial information respectively, the study found. Rachel Zamzow, Scientific American, "Brains of Children with Autism Show Unusual Folding Patterns," 9 July 2018 The wave then may travel to the sensory strip in the parietal lobe, inducing a marching disturbance from the hand up to the face and tongue. R. Allan Purdy, Scientific American, "Can Anything Stop My Migraine?," 1 May 2017 Neurosurgeon Joshua Bederson recently used augmented-reality technology to remove a three-centimeter-wide brain tumor in a 76-year-old man’s parietal lobe, a part of the brain that handles such information as touch and spatial orientation. Sarah Toy, WSJ, "Brain Surgeons Get a Better View From Augmented Reality," 28 May 2018 The network of neurons that broadcast these messages is hypothesized to be located in the frontal and parietal lobes. Christof Koch, Scientific American, "What Is Consciousness?," 8 May 2018 Her studies also included neurological disorders like Balint syndrome, in which damage to the parietal lobes of the brain limits what is seen in a field of vision or otherwise disrupts perception. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Anne Treisman, Who Studied How We Perceive, Dies at 82," 13 Feb. 2018 There are two parts of the brain thought to be central to sleep paralysis: the parietal lobe and the temporal lobe. Nitun Verma, SELF, "Let's Talk About Sleep Paralysis: When You Wake Up and Can't Move," 20 Sep. 2017

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1865, in the meaning defined above

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Medical Definition of parietal lobe

: the middle division of each cerebral hemisphere that is situated behind the central sulcus, above the sylvian fissure, and in front of the parieto-occipital sulcus and that contains an area concerned with bodily sensations

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