I wanted to share a couple of ways that have always helped me to remember the four lobes of the brain and what they do. Some of them are a little bit silly, but I never forget them!
- Frontal lobe is in the front and “on top of” everything else: It’s in charge of conscious thought and decision-making
- Occipital lobe is in the back, furthest place possible from the eyes: It’s in charge of everything to do with processing vision
- Parietal lobe is above the Temporal lobe: It always kind of reminded me of the word “parent” (that’s the sort of silly part!) so that’s how I remember that it’s located superior to (aka above) the temporal lobe Just like a parent is “superior” or “above” a child. Also, the Parietal lobe is where a lot of the sensory input is put together so that your brain can make sense of all the information coming in. It is also home to the somatosensory cortex, which is the location that manages most of the sensations of touch.
- Temporal lobe is by the temples/ears/below the parietal lobe: Since it’s located by the ears, it helps you remember that it is primarily responsible for processing auditory input.
Nicole Whitworth is the founder of Your Nursing Tutor. She has a BSN and an MA in Clinical Psychology, and has been a professional nursing tutor for over 12+ years. Nicole specializes in getting nursing students through school confidently and calmly so that everything finally “clicks”. She is also the creator of the Silver Bullet Study System, an easy-to-follow study method that automatically trains your brain to become a nurse at the same time that you study for your normal nursing classes.