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

Examples of temporal lobe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web While studying the results, the researchers noticed the neurons in a part of the brain called the lateral entorhinal cortex, which is part of the medial temporal lobe, never activated the same way twice. Doug Johnson, National Geographic, "How you perceive time may depend on your income," 22 Sep. 2020 The right temporal lobe in the brain is the last area to degenerate. John Benson, cleveland, "Active For Life music programs helping Alzheimer’s and dementia patients dance and sing again," 12 Nov. 2020 In three weeks, Weidman had two brain surgeries and the part of the right temporal lobe removed. Mark Heim | Mheim@al.com, al, "Emotional ‘GameDay’ segment shows Birmingham boy, 8, with brain tumor, how he motivated Najee Harris," 17 Oct. 2020 This effect suggested that the medial temporal lobe is tied to memory formation and time perception. Doug Johnson, National Geographic, "How you perceive time may depend on your income," 22 Sep. 2020 Research suggests seizures in the temporal lobe—the area of your noggin that processes visual memory and spoken language—might trigger ghost sightings. Jake Bittle, Popular Science, "Why do we see ghosts?," 6 Oct. 2020 Henry Molaison, one such patient, had large segments of his medial temporal lobe removed. Doug Johnson, National Geographic, "How you perceive time may depend on your income," 22 Sep. 2020 For example, studies show that the hippocampus (a structure embedded deep in the temporal lobe that has a major role in learning and memory) is more likely to shrink if cortisol binds to it for long periods of time. Lisa Davis, USA TODAY, "Try these easy mind games to improve your brain function and help prevent disease," 7 Sep. 2020 The hippocampi, paired structures in the temporal lobe that are crucial in the formation of new memories, are studded with cannabinoid receptors. Godfrey Pearlson, Scientific American, "Marijuana May Not Lower Your IQ," 7 May 2020

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First Known Use of temporal lobe

1889, in the meaning defined above

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“Temporal lobe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/temporal%20lobe. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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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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