The occipital lobe is the visual center of the brain as it contains the primary visual cortex. Each visual cortex receives sensory information from the outside half of the retina on the same side of the head and from the inside half of the retina on the other side of the head. The cuneus, also called the Brodmann's area 17, receives visual information from the contralateral superior retina representing the inferior visual field. The lingula receives information from the contralateral inferior retina representing the superior visual field. The retinal inputs pass through a "way station" in the lateral geniculate nucleus of the thalamus before projecting to the cortex.