Superior temporal sulcus

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Superior temporal sulcus
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Latin sulcus temporalis superior
Part of Temporal lobe
TA A14.1.09.145
FMA 83783
Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy

The superior temporal sulcus is the sulcus separating the superior temporal gyrus from the middle temporal gyrus in the temporal lobe of the brain. The superior temporal sulcus is the first sulcus inferior to the lateral fissure.

It is involved in the perception of where others are gazing (joint attention)[1] and is thus important in determining where others' emotions are being directed. It is also involved in the perception of biological motion.[2] Recent studies reveal multisensory processing capabilities.[3] In individuals without autism, the superior temporal sulcus also activates when hearing human voices[4]


  1. ^ Campbell, R., Heywood, C.A., Cowey, A., Regard, M., and Landis, T. (1990). Sensitivity to eye gaze in prosopagnosic patients and monkeys with superior temporal sulcus ablation. Neuropsychologia, 28(11), 1123-1142.
  2. ^ Grossman, E. D. & Blake, R. (2001). Brain activity evoked by inverted and imagined biological motion.Vision Research, 41, 1475-1482.
  3. ^ Senkowski, D., Schneider, T. R., Foxe, J. J., & Engel, A. K. (2008). Crossmodal binding through neural coherence: implications for multisensory processing. Trends in neurosciences, 31(8), 401-409.
  4. ^ Carter, Rita. The Human Brain Book. p. 241.