temporal lobe

noun

Definition of temporal lobe 

: a large lobe of each cerebral hemisphere that is situated in front of the occipital lobe and contains a sensory area associated with the organ of hearing

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The other lobe affected, the temporal lobe, is another of the four major lobes and borders the occipital lobe on the bottom of the cerebral cortex. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Doctors cut out a large chunk of a boy’s brain—now he’s doing just fine," 1 Aug. 2018 The team next gave participants a working-memory task and found traveling waves in their frontal and temporal lobes became more organized half a second after people were prompted to recall information. Simon Makin, Scientific American, "“Traveling” Brain Waves May Be Critical for Cognition," 28 June 2018 Frontotemporal dementia: This group of diseases is marked by the breakdown of nerve cells in the frontal and temporal lobes of the brain, which are usually linked with personality, behavior, and language. Korin Miller, SELF, "What’s the Difference Between Normal Age-Related Memory Decline and Signs of Dementia?," 26 Oct. 2018 Ojemann makes a cut in the side of the woman’s temporal lobe, which is above the ear, avoiding what’s known as the eloquent cortex, parts of the brain that are generally understood to allow people to move, hear, speak, and see. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 That also meant removing the entire right side of his occipital lobe and part of his temporal lobe on his right side. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Doctors cut out a large chunk of a boy’s brain—now he’s doing just fine," 1 Aug. 2018 At every age, prolonged sitters show less thickness in the medial temporal lobe and the subregions that make it up, the study found. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "Too much sitting may thin the part of your brain that's important for memory, study suggests," 13 Apr. 2018 Even before Alzheimer's disease steals memories, the condition begins to change the density and volume of the hippocampus and the entorhinal cortex, memory-making structures that lie at the heart of the medial temporal lobe. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "Too much sitting may thin the part of your brain that's important for memory, study suggests," 13 Apr. 2018 The study did not find any correlation between subjects' exercise habits and the thickness of either their medial temporal lobe or its constituent structures. Melissa Healy, latimes.com, "Too much sitting may thin the part of your brain that's important for memory, study suggests," 13 Apr. 2018

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1889, in the meaning defined above

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temporal lobe

noun

Medical Definition of temporal lobe 

: a large lobe of each cerebral hemisphere that is situated in front of the occipital lobe and contains a sensory area associated with the organ of hearing

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