How Sensitive Is Your Body? Unlocking The Mechanisms Of The Parietal Lobe

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Have you ever spun yourself in circles until the whole world was spinning around you? Or felt a rush of dizziness blowing up balloons for that surprise party you threw last month?

Your parietal lobe is what’s responsible for the connection between you and your environment. So, understanding how this part of the brain works is a pretty big deal.

We’ll discuss the role of the parietal lobe, one of the main lobes in our brain, as part of the cerebral hemisphere. The more you know about how your parietal lobe works, the better you’ll understand the inherent connection between your mind and your senses.

What Is The Parietal Lobe Definition?

Before we dive into how the parietal lobe works and what it’s responsible for, we must first define what the parietal lobe is.

The parietal lobe is one of the four major lobes of the brain, located above the temporal lobe and behind the frontal lobe.

Each of our lobes are responsible for a number of sensory and cognitive functions.

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What Is The Main Function Of The Parietal Lobe?

The main function of the parietal lobe is to give consciousness to our body about our body and our surroundings.

You know where your limbs are without looking on them, right? Well, that’s the parietal lobe at work.

Want another example of the parietal lobe in action? Try closing your eyes and walking around your living room. Even with your eyes closed, you know roughly what the distance is between you and the sofa or coffee table.

The somatosensory cortex lies within the parietal lobe, which provides us with information about our skin. The joint receptors allow us to feel the pain, touch, temperature, and vibration.

Your parietal lobe determines the sensitivity of your body. Not everyone’s parietal lobe is the same, which means we each have unique, varying degrees of sensitivity in our bodies.

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What Does The Parietal Region Of The Brain Do?

The parietal region of the brain is responsible for:

  1. Interpreting language and words –  Part of parietal lobe, the angular gyrus, is responsible for our ability to speak. The somatosensory cortex is responsible for our writing abilities.
  2. Spatial and visual perception – The posterior parietal lobe is responsible for visual-spatial perception, which helps us navigate through our environment. If you wanted to improve your driving or navigating skills, you’ll need to exercise your parietal lobe.
  3. The sense of touch, temperature, and pain – As previously mentioned, the somatosensory cortex is responsible for our body’s perception of touch, temperature, and pain.
    Common afflictions associated with damage to the parietal lobe include dyslexia, disorientation, or even the inability to speak.

How Can I Improve My Parietal Lobe?

Jim Kwik, Author of Mindvalley’s Super Brain Program suggests that there are many ways to improve the functionality of your brain. As Jim says, “Learning is not a spectator sport.”

Some of the best ways to improve the parietal lobe? Playing chess, reading maps, arranging furniture—even juggling!

The best way to take care of your brain is to exercise it, maintain a healthy life, and keep active. After all, a working brain is a happy brain.

So, are you a good driver? Do you have any special talents that require motoric skills? Share it with us in the comments below.

Stefan Mitrovic

Stefan Mitrovic

"Nula dies sine linea" is what best describes Stefan.
A constant seeker for new ideas with interest in anything and everything. Trivia master and adventurer at heart, he is a true space cadet.

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