The parietal lobe is commonly thought to be concerned predominantly with processing of somesthetic, kinesthetic, and proprioceptive information. Like the large expanse of tissue in the frontal portion of the brain, however, the parietal lobes are not homologous tissue but consist of cells that are responsive to a variety of divergent stimuli, including movement, hand position, objects within grasping distance, audition, eye movement, as well as complex and motivationally significant visual stimuli. Damage to the parietal lobe can therefore result in a variety of disturbances, which include abnormalities involving somesthetic sensation, the body image, visual—spatial relations, temporal—sequential motor activity, language, grammar, numerical calculation, emotion, and attention, depending on which area has been lesioned, as well as the laterality of the damage.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rhawn Joseph
    • 1
  1. 1.Neurobehavioral CenterSanta ClaraUSA

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