Processing and integrating information about smells and sounds (such as recognising the sounds of one’s language), and how these relate to our memory and emotions, is the domain of the temporal lobes. Closely associated with the hippocampus, the temporal lobes play a part in the formation of explicit long-term memory. The primary auditory cortex is situated within the left temporal lobe and processes the semantics of speech and vision: speech comprehension, naming, and verbal memory.
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