The association cortex, or more realistically the "association areas", are parts of the cerebral cortex that do not belong to the primary regions. These association areas work together to allow us to interact effectively with others, give us a meaningful experience of the world, and to support our abilities to use abstract thought and language. These association areas integrate areas of sensory experience and memory in the form of networks that connect areas that are distributed across wide areas of the brain. These association areas are considered to be important to higher order thinking and perception. They are among the most highly developed parts of the brain.