Definition of association area in US English:

association area


  • A region of the cortex of the brain which connects sensory and motor areas, and which is thought to be concerned with higher mental activities.

    • ‘Instead, they may involve association areas of the cerebral cortex.’
    • ‘Formerly the disease was typecast as motor system degeneration, yet sensory fields, association areas, and premotor fields become damaged throughout the brain.’
    • ‘On the other hand, the parietal higher association area activity was decreased compared to the controls.’
    • ‘This priming memory seems to involve auditory-visual association areas of the cerebral cortex.’
    • ‘In the temporal lobe of the monkey's cerebral cortex, in the general region where Wernicke's area exists in humans, there is a specialized auditory association area.’