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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Recent Examples on the Web By contrast, those participants whose answers aligned with the others activated a different part of the brain called the parietal lobes. Robert Pearl, Vox, "Understanding the science of regrettable decisions," 23 July 2019 The immense value of a precision bombing tool would have stimulated the generals’ reward centers, activated their parietal lobes, and led them to perceive the technology as effective despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Robert Pearl, Vox, "Understanding the science of regrettable decisions," 23 July 2019 That is largely undisputed, but there was also a large fracture on the right parietal lobe. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Study concludes 33,000-year-old skull shows signs of blunt-force trauma," 6 July 2019 The parietal lobe processes sensory data such as touch and spatial sense. Quanta Magazine, "Neuroscience Readies for a Showdown Over Consciousness Ideas," 6 Mar. 2019 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

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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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