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Jill Bolte Taylor’s Powerful Stroke of Insight

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Video- Jill Bolte Taylors Powerful Stroke of Insight

Jill Bolte Taylor is a neuroanatomist who devoted her life to studying the brain and had the chance of a lifetime to experience her own brain as she suffered a stroke.  Watch the video to hear about her journey deep into her brain and back again.Jill Bolte Taylor is a neuroanatomist who devoted her life to studying the brain and had the chance of a lifetime to experience her own brain as she suffered a stroke.  Watch the video to hear about her journey deep into her brain and back again.

Why you should listen to her: One morning, a blood vessel in Jill Bolte Taylor’s brain exploded. As a brain scientist, she realized she had a ringside seat to her own stroke. She watched as her brain functions shut down one by one: motion, speech, memory, self-awareness … 

Amazed to find herself alive, Taylor spent eight years recovering her ability to think, walk and talk. She has become a spokesperson for stroke recovery and for the possibility of coming back from brain injury stronger than before. In her case, although the stroke damaged the left side of her brain, her recovery unleashed a torrent of creative energy from her right. From her home base in Indiana, she now travels the country on behalf of the Harvard Brain Bank as the “Singin’ Scientist.”

“How many brain scientists have been able to study the brain from the inside out? I’ve gotten as much out of this experience of losing my left mind as I have in my entire academic career.” Jill Bolte Taylor

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