The Occipital Lobe is the posterior of the cerebral cortex, or back portion of the brain, and includes the Primary Visual Cortex.
The Occipital Lobe is responsible for processing visual signals and informs us about where, how and what we are seeing, as well as how to react to that information.
Damage to the Occipital Lobes can cause:
- Loss of peripheral vision
- Reading and writing problems
- Visual illusions or hallucinations
- Problems in locating objects or identifying colors
- Cortical blindness
- Inability to recognize words or drawn objects
- Akinetopsia, or the inability to perceive motion