association area


association area
association area n an area of the cerebral cortex considered to function in linking and coordinating the sensory and motor areas

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an area of cerebral cortex that lies away from the main areas that are concerned with the reception of sensory impulses and the start of motor impulses but is linked to them by many neurones known as association fibres. The areas of association are thought to be responsible for the elaboration of the information received by the primary sensory areas and its correlation with the information fed in from memory and from other brain areas. They are thus responsible for the maintenance of many higher mental activities. See also body image.

Medical dictionary. 2011.