Jan 2, 2017
The temporal lobe is located on each side of your head by your ears. It helps you process auditory input and identify sounds.
There is a special area called Wernicke's area. It helps identify the meaning behind speech and vocal tones. This is different from Broca's area, which is just able to identify some sounds as being words.
This is where your long-term memory lives, like facts and knowledge (declarative).
Emotionally charged memories are also held in the temporal lobe, but they have a special connection to the amygdala (which is part of the limbic system). These memories have a high level of detail, and usually can't be recalled without also recalling the emotion. They also don't have a sense of time.
Memories in the temporal lobe can lead to déjà vu.
The temporal lobe allows you to see a simple or incomplete image and fill in all sorts of details, whether it be the details of the image or a long train of connected memories.
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