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My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey

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The astonishing New York Times bestseller that chronicles how a brain scientist's own stroke led to enlightenment.

On December 10, 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven-year-old, Harvard-trained brain scientist, experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. As she observed her mind deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life — all within four hours — Taylor alternated between the euphoria of the intuitive and kinesthetic right brain, in which she felt a sense of complete well-being and peace, and the logical, sequential left brain, which recognized she was having a stroke and enabled her to seek help before she was completely lost. It would take her eight years to fully recover.

For Taylor, her stroke was a blessing and a revelation. It taught her that by stepping to the right of our left brains, we can uncover feelings of well-being that are often sidelined by brain chatter. Reaching wide audiences through her talk at the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conference and her appearance on Oprah's online Soul Series, Taylor provides a valuable recovery guide for those touched by brain injury and an inspiring testimony that inner peace is accessible to anyone.

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"In 1996, 37-year-old neuroanatomist Taylor experienced a massive stroke that erased her abilities to walk, talk, do mathematics, read, or remember details. Her remarkable story details her slow recovery of those abilities (and the cultivation of new ones) and recounts exactly what happened with her brain. Read proficiently by the author, this is a fascinating memoir of the brain's remarkable resiliency and of one woman's determination to regain her faculties and recount her experience for the benefit of others. Taylor repeatedly describes her 'stroke of insight'-a tremendous gratitude for, and connection with, the cells of her body and of every living thing-and says that although she is fully recovered, she is not the same driven, type-A scientist that she was before the stroke. Her holistic approach to healing will be valuable to stroke survivors and their caregivers, who can pick up suggestions from Taylor's moving accounts of how her mother faithfully loved her back to life." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Transformative....[Taylor's] experience...will shatter [your] own perception of the world." ABC News

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"[Dr. Taylor] brings a deep personal understanding to something she long studied: that the two lobes of the brain have very different personalities." The New York Times

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"Fascinating...invaluable...fearless....This book is about the wonder of being human." Robert Koehler, Tribune Media Services

Synopsis:

A brain scientist's journey from a debilitating stroke to full recovery becomes an inspiring exploration of human consciousness and its possibilities.

Synopsis:

The astonishing New York Times bestseller that chronicles how a brain scientist's own stroke led to enlightenment

On December 10, 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven- year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. As she observed her mind deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life-all within four hours-Taylor alternated between the euphoria of the intuitive and kinesthetic right brain, in which she felt a sense of complete well-being and peace, and the logical, sequential left brain, which recognized she was having a stroke and enabled her to seek help before she was completely lost. It would take her eight years to fully recover.

For Taylor, her stroke was a blessing and a revelation. It taught her that by "stepping to the right" of our left brains, we can uncover feelings of well-being that are often sidelined by "brain chatter." Reaching wide audiences through her talk at the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conference and her appearance on Oprah's online Soul Series, Taylor provides a valuable recovery guide for those touched by brain injury and an inspiring testimony that inner peace is accessible to anyone.

About the Author

Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D., is a neuron-anatomist affiliated with the Indiana University School of Medicine. She is the national spokesperson at the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (Brain Bank), and one of Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World, 2008.

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DC, August 19, 2012 (view all comments by DC)
Deeply interesting book about right and left brain, and where "we" are and how we integrate the information received. Useful along with meditation. As a culture, we need more right-brain thinking, and now. This is a fast and fascinating read - very accessible. Anything that can move us globally toward connection and compassion is highly welcome!
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cils023, January 10, 2012 (view all comments by cils023)
Who knew brain stroke could be so exciting. Taylor writes about this critical injury from the point of view of a brain scientist who has both experienced a stroke *and* has recovered enough to describe it with humor and in minute detail. I recommend that people at least read the first chapter, even if they are not at first convinced that the topic sounds appealing: it is like a ringside view of the author experiencing the acute stroke episode in real time. Reading like a psychedelic or endogenous mystical experience, it also captures the voice of Taylor's analytical mind as it narrates its own slipping away like water through a sieve before she it rushed to the hospital.
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smiley reader, January 1, 2012 (view all comments by smiley reader)
I have always been fascinated by the brain and how its function affects our behavior and learning. To read a book by an actual brain scientist who was able to comment on what happened during her stroke from her knowledge was a unique voyage into the brain's inner workings, and how it heals itself.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780452295544
Author:
Taylor, Jill Bolte
Publisher:
Plume Books
Author:
Taylor, Ph.D., Jill Bolte
Author:
Taylor, Ph. D.
Subject:
Life Sciences - Human Anatomy & Physiology
Subject:
Neuroscience
Subject:
Healing - General
Subject:
Medical - General
Subject:
Diseases - Nervous System (incl. Brain)
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Cerebrovascular disease -- Patients.
Subject:
Human Physiology
Subject:
Biography/Medical
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Publication Date:
20090531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
b/w illustrations throughout
Pages:
224
Dimensions:
7.36x6.05x.50 in. .41 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In 1996, 37-year-old neuroanatomist Taylor experienced a massive stroke that erased her abilities to walk, talk, do mathematics, read, or remember details. Her remarkable story details her slow recovery of those abilities (and the cultivation of new ones) and recounts exactly what happened with her brain. Read proficiently by the author, this is a fascinating memoir of the brain's remarkable resiliency and of one woman's determination to regain her faculties and recount her experience for the benefit of others. Taylor repeatedly describes her 'stroke of insight'-a tremendous gratitude for, and connection with, the cells of her body and of every living thing-and says that although she is fully recovered, she is not the same driven, type-A scientist that she was before the stroke. Her holistic approach to healing will be valuable to stroke survivors and their caregivers, who can pick up suggestions from Taylor's moving accounts of how her mother faithfully loved her back to life." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Transformative....[Taylor's] experience...will shatter [your] own perception of the world."
"Review" by , "[Dr. Taylor] brings a deep personal understanding to something she long studied: that the two lobes of the brain have very different personalities."
"Review" by , "Fascinating...invaluable...fearless....This book is about the wonder of being human."
"Synopsis" by , A brain scientist's journey from a debilitating stroke to full recovery becomes an inspiring exploration of human consciousness and its possibilities.
"Synopsis" by ,
The astonishing New York Times bestseller that chronicles how a brain scientist's own stroke led to enlightenment

On December 10, 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven- year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke in the left hemisphere of her brain. As she observed her mind deteriorate to the point that she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life-all within four hours-Taylor alternated between the euphoria of the intuitive and kinesthetic right brain, in which she felt a sense of complete well-being and peace, and the logical, sequential left brain, which recognized she was having a stroke and enabled her to seek help before she was completely lost. It would take her eight years to fully recover.

For Taylor, her stroke was a blessing and a revelation. It taught her that by "stepping to the right" of our left brains, we can uncover feelings of well-being that are often sidelined by "brain chatter." Reaching wide audiences through her talk at the Technology, Entertainment, Design (TED) conference and her appearance on Oprah's online Soul Series, Taylor provides a valuable recovery guide for those touched by brain injury and an inspiring testimony that inner peace is accessible to anyone.

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