Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a neuroanatomist who had a stroke and was able to study her own brain from the inside out. The stroke disabled the left side of her brain–the part of our brains where our egos reside, telling us who we are as individuals.
I am currently going back to school to get my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, and this semester I am taking Physiological Psychology (neuroscience, basically). Part of our assignment every week is to watch a group of videos pertaining to the subject matter we’re studying that week. Last week, one of the videos assigned was Dr. Taylor’s TED Talk about her stroke experience.
Dr. Taylor’s book, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey, is a longer version of her TED Talk with more detail about how the brain works, what her stroke experience was like, and what it took for her to fully recover. It’s a great book geared toward the lay-person, and her experience is fascinating to read about. The message she ultimately imparts about being compassionate, right-brained people is particularly relevant right now, I think.
Watch the video. If you’re as drawn in as I was, read the book. You won’t be disappointed.