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Brain Map: Occipital Lobes

Occipital Lobes

The occipital lobes sit at the back of the head and are responsible for visual perception, including colour, form and motion.

Damage to the occipital lobe can include:

  • Difficulty with locating objects in environment
  • Difficulty with identifying colours (Colour Agnosia)
  • Production of hallucinations
  • Visual illusions - inaccurately seeing objects
  • Word blindness - inability to recognise words
  • Difficulty in recognizing drawn objects
  • Inability to recognize the movement of an object (Movement Agnosia)
  • Difficulties with reading and writing

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Last updated: 12 June 2022