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A Quick Overview: The Lobes of the Brain

Learning about the brain can be overwhelming. Being the control center for everything from breathing to complex thought, the roughly 3lb central organ of the nervous system is supremely complicated. With this in mind, we at Thrive understand that you have a lot of questions about the brains functions, and why certain parts of your brain are being trained before others. In this blog post, we have taken the lobes of the brain and broken them down to the basic functions housed in each. This is a very succinct overview, but in the weeks to come we will post whole blog posts on each lobe so you can do a deeper dive into learning about each. In the mean time, you can use this as a quick reference.


The Frontal Lobes:

  • Executive Functioning, Problem Solving, Organization

  • Motivation, Decision Making

  • Judgement, Impulse Control

  • Social Behavior

  • Memory, Learning

  • Reward

  • Attention, Concentration

  • Emotional Expression

  • Personality

  • Initiation

  • Collects, filters and directs information from the outside world throughout brain

  • Handles our most primitive skill sets and also our most evolutionary advanced cognitive skills.

  • Where anxiety, worry, ruminating, overthinking mostly lives in the brain

Temporal Lobes:

  • Organization and Sequencing

  • Short and Long Term Memory

  • Hearing and Speech

  • Visual Processing

  • Learning

  • Information Retrieval

  • Understanding Language - word find, sequencing, verbalizing, fluency

  • Emotional Memory

  • Spatial Navigation, Balance, Tinnitus and Vertigo

Central Lobe:

  • Initiation of Voluntary and Involuntary Muscles Movement

  • Fine Motor Control and Skill

  • Registers and Processes Sensory Information from Internal and External World

  • Processes Sense of Body and Limb Position and Sequence of Movements

  • Athletic, Physical Coordination and Abilities

  • Coordinating Attention

  • Main cortex connection to the functioning of the nervous system and its rhythm

Parietal Lobes:

  • Reading, Writing, Drawing

  • Math Calculations, Data Processing

  • Memorizing Facts

  • Photographic and Associative Memory

  • Attention

  • Visual Perception and Recall

  • Motor Skill & Athletic Ability

  • Processes sensory information from our body

  • Differentiation: Size, Shape, Color, texture

  • Spatial Perception

  • Facial and Object Recognition

  • Connection to Self Image and Social Awareness via Associative Recognition of Others Body Language and Facial Feedback

Occipital Lobes:

  • Visual Reception, Interpretation and encoding of visual data

  • Distance, Size, Shape and Depth Perception

  • Determining Color Properties, shapes, symbols

  • Reading (Perception and Visual Recognition)

  • Local Orientation - Where we exist in relation to everything else

  • Filters information, sensation and experience from the body (via brain stem), processes and sends the info to the rest of the brain

  • Enhances awareness of and informs gut instinct and intuition

  • Grounds the body in space and time and increases presence via awareness of the body without a mental interpretation

  • Increases Sense of Connection to Self and Others

  • Centers the body during interactions with others or situations with intense outside stimuli

Remember, the brain works all together, and while some functions are centralized in certain areas all lobes of the brain must be able to communicate effectively for optimal function. Training one part of the brain doesn't mean you can neglect the other parts. Just like in other parts of life, good communication is key, and you might have to train the whole brain to see maximum results!


Stay tuned for full posts on each lobe and the amygdala in the coming few weeks!

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