[Video] TEDTalk – My Stroke of Insight
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor
Jill Bolte Taylor is an American neuroanatomist, author, and inspirational public speaker. In 1996, she experienced a severe hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain. After an 8 year recovery, she talks about her experience having a stroke through the lense of a neuroscientist.
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Why We Like This Video:
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor’s background makes her TEDTalk particularly interesting. With a brother diagnosed with mental illness and her own research on the neurobiology of schizophrenia, Jill breathed and lived neuroscience. One morning before work, a stroke had occurred on the left side of her brain. Her stroke left her unable to produce or understand language, a condition referred to as aphasia. After eight years of recovery, she shares her insight into what it feels like to have a stroke. Suppose you are a speech-language pathologist, occupational therapist, social worker, neuropsychologist, a caregiver of someone who has experienced a stroke, or a patient with stroke yourself. In that case, Jill’s story offers a stroke of insight for everyone.