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1e - Temporal Lobes

Posted by Helen St Clair Tracy in Level 1 - The Brain
Published: 04/03/2019, 12:04am | Updated: 13/03/2019, 11:13am

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Your temporal lobes are the part of your brain where many of your conscious memories are stored.

On this diagram, green marks the area of the left temporal lobe.On this diagram, green marks the area of the left temporal lobe.

Your memories are organised, a bit like a library is organised, into sections, and sub-sections and sub-sub sections, and so on.

The memories stored in your temporal lobes are organised into sections, a bit like how a library is organised into sections.The memories stored in your temporal lobes are organised into sections, a bit like how a library is organised into sections.

There are two temporal lobes, one on the right side of the brain (right temporal lobe) and one on the left side of the brain (left temporal lobe).

Usually the memories stored in the left temporal lobe tend to be of symbols and systems, including our memories of:

  • Numbers
  • Letters
  • Words
  • Symbols
  • Codes
  • Passwords
  • Shapes

The memories stored in the right temporal lobe are more likely to be of multi-layered organic experiences, like our memories of:

  • Different people's faces
  • Facial expressions
  • Body language
  • Routes
  • ...and probably animals

Our left and right temporal lobes work together, so when you looked at the horses, recognising the horse shape would likely be from your left temporal lobe.

If you are a lover of horses, and this brings together a joy of watching the way they move, with a love of their beauty and finesse, this complex memory of horses, which is multi layered and has been built over time, organically and emotionally, is in your right temporal lobe.

A love of horses, built up over time through many happy experiences, is multi-layered and organic, and likely stored in your right temporal lobe.A love of horses, built up over time through many happy experiences, is multi-layered and organic, and likely stored in your right temporal lobe.

Diagram showing some of the different key memory areas of the left and right temporal lobes.Diagram showing some of the different key memory areas of the left and right temporal lobes.

Checklist

Before you move on to the next lesson, please check:

  • You know the location of the temporal lobes
  • You know most of your memories are stored in your temporal lobes, in sections.
  • You know that the left and right temporal lobes tend to store different types of memories, and broadly how they are different.

Next lesson: Level 1f The Brain - Frontal Lobes

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