Parietal Lobe Function Lesson for Kids

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Instructor: Lauren Scott

Lauren has a Master's degree in special education and has taught for more than 10 years.

This lesson will teach you about the parietal lobe of your brain. You'll learn how it helps you to perform a lot of the tasks you do at school and at home every day.

Parietal Lobe Basics

Imagine eating a spoonful of ice cream. You guide the spoon to your mouth and then enjoy the coldness, the sweet flavor, and the soft texture. It may seem like all the fun is happening in your mouth, but much of the experience is processed by the parietal lobe of your brain.

The parietal lobe sits in the middle and back of the skull. It has a right side and a left side, just like the other lobes of the brain. It is made up of millions of neurons, or nerve cells that constantly pass along electrical signals. You may be wondering what this has to do with eating ice cream. That is one of countless tasks you can do because of your parietal lobe.

Parietal Lobe Function

The parietal lobe has many important jobs. One is to process sensory information, like touch, temperature, pain, and pressure. It tells you that the ice cream is cold and soft and even helps you identify the flavor. It has to take in a lot of information to do that!

The parietal lobe also works with other parts of your brain to control hand-eye coordination and to tell you where your body is in space. Without it, you would not have been able to guide that spoon into your mouth. Your parietal lobe also allows you to find your way around in a room, and to tell right from left.

Aside from helping you make sense of your surroundings, the parietal lobe plays an important role in math and written language. You need it to do computations, and to know how to put words in writing.

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