The brain is classified into four different lobes or sections that locate different categories of function that is localized to each lobe of the brain. The four lobes are the frontal lobe, parietal lobe, temporal lobe, and the occipital lobe. The lobes used to be used for anatomical reasons. They would help students and researchers in terms of location, however due to recent findings of localization, they can determine some functioning information as well.
The frontal lobe:
The frontal lobe is at the very front of the brain. It is located where your forehead is. The frontal lobe is responsible for cognitive skills such as emotional expression, problem solving, memory, language, judgement, and sexual behaviors. According to the Mayo Clinic, the frontal lobe controls thinking, planning, problem solving, short-term memory, and movement. The frontal lobe is the largest lobe in the brain.
“Frontal lobe is the CEO of the brain. The rest of the brain is just past programming.”Dr. Joe Dispenza, Neuroscientist and Author
The Parietal lobe:
The parietal lobe is on top of the brain right behind the frontal lobe. If you put your hand on the very top of your head, that is where the parietal lobe is. According to the mayo clinic, the parietal lobe is where your brain interprets sensory information like taste, temperature, and touch.
The Occipital lobe:
The occipital lobe is located in the back of the brain. If you were to put your hand on the back of your head but not touching your neck yet, there is a very high chance your hand would be over the occipital lobe. According to the Mayo Clinic, the occipital lobe is responsible for processing images and linking the processes images with those that are already in your memory.
The Temporal lobe:
The temporal lobe is below the parietal lobe and is about where your ears are located on your head. According to the Mayo Clinic, the temporal lobe is responsible for your sense of taste, smell, and sound. This lobe also plays an important role in memory storage.
The brainstem controls the flow of messages from the brain and the rest of the body. It also regulates important bodily functions like breathing, swallowing, heart rate, blood pressure, consciousness, and more according to Medicine Net. If there is going to be an accident and damage to the brain, this part of the brain is where you must protect.
What is next for NeuroPsych Nerd?
In the next blog, we will go over what is considered typical/atypical or normal/abnormal in the brain. Remember to email with request on information you are curious about. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org