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Yet even the association areas have their specializations. The most important association areas are the parietooccipitotemporal association area, the prefrontal association area, and the limbic association area. Following are explanations of the functions of these areas. Parietooccipitotemporal Association Area. This association area lies in the large parietal and occipital cortical space bounded by the somatosensory cortex anteriorly, the visual cortex posteriorly, and the auditory cortex laterally. As would be expected, it provides a high level of interpretative meaning for signals from all the surrounding sensory areas. However, even the parietooccipitotemporal association area has its own functional subareas, which are shown in Figure Analysis of the Spatial Coordinates of the Body. An area beginning in the posterior parietal cortex and extending into the superior occipital cortex provides continuous analysis of the spatial coordinates of all parts of the body as well as of the surroundings of the body. This area receives visual sensory information from the posterior occipital cortex and simultaneous somatosensory information from the anterior parietal cortex. From all this information, it computes the coordinates of the visual, auditory, and body surroundings. Area for Language Comprehension. The major area for language comprehension, called Wernickes area, lies behind the primary auditory cortex in the posterior part of the superior gyrus of the temporal lobe.