March 17, 2008

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor talks about her "stroke of insight," when in her late 30s she experienced a stroke in her left hemisphere which left her partially paralyzed; unable to read, speak or understand spoken language; and affected her memory.

As her left hemisphere shut down, her subjective experience from the point of view of the still functional right hemisphere was much more expansive and non-local, in which she felt there was no delineation between her body and the rest of the universe. Slowly, over the course of nearly 10 years, she has been able to recover the full functionality of her left hemisphere. You can also purchase her book, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey by visiting Dr. Jill Bolte's personal web site.