Parietal lobe

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Parietal lobes
Gray726 parietal lobe.png
Lateral surface of left cerebral hemisphere, viewed from the side. (Parietal Lobe is shown in orange.)
Details
Part of Cerebrum
Identifiers
Latin lobus parietalis
MeSH D010296
NeuroNames 95
NeuroLex ID birnlex_1148
TA A14.1.09.123
FMA 61826
Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

The parietal lobe is a part of the brain positioned above the occipital lobe and behind the frontal lobe.

The parietal lobe brings together information from different senses, particularly spatial sense and navigation. For example, it uses input about touch, balance and the visual system. This enables the parietal cortex to map seen objects in relation to the body (into 'body coordinate positions'). This makes it possible for a person to reach out and handle objects.

The name derives from the overlying parietal bone, which is named from the Latin pariet-, = 'wall'.