Psych M.D. - Occipital Lobes



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Term: Occipital Lobes
Definition (Myers): the portion of the cerebral cortex lying at the back of the head; includes the visual areas, which receive visual information from the opposite visual field.
Definition (alternative): The occipital lobes are the center of our visual perception system. They are not particularly vulnerable to injury because of their location at the back of the brain, although any significant trauma to the brain could produce subtle changes to our visual-perceptual system, such as visual field defects and scrotomas. (Centre for Neuro Skills)
Contextual explanation: Occipital lobe is what allow us to have vision. It is a part of the cerebral cortex, which is located at the back of the head. Although our eyes are what allow us to see images, it is the job of occipital lobe to intrepret those images and allow us to see clearly see those visions.
Related terms and concepts: Frontal Lobes, Temporal Lobes, Parietal Lobes
Psych M.D. - Occipital Lobes - The Neuron
(location of the occipital lobe) *


(video from student's project explaining the functions of occipital lobe)
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