My stroke of insight | Jill Bolte Taylor

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Jill Bolte Taylor got a research opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: She had a massive stroke, and watched as her brain functions — motion, speech, self-awareness — shut down one by one. An astonishing story.

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  1. After 10 years of watching this Ted talk for the first time I still find myself coming back to here from time to time. The best Ted talk I’ve ever watched, this story was inspirational

  2. While touching and indeed moving, her theory is incorrect, as a psychiatrist and a neuropsychologist I would like to point out that the idea of Left / Right hemisphere for Logic/Creation/Spirituality is completely obsolete and is more of a myth. Ask any neuroscientist or neurologist. If you look at the scientific literature (see source below) you will see that functional MRI have proven multiple times that both hemisphere work in tandem for unity of thought and action and this involves a vast bilateral network of cortical and subcortical areas. Indeed, some personalities are more logic and some more creative but this is NOT due to a higher activity in a particular hemisphere.
    Because her speech is very emotional, it seems captivating and reason seems less appealing in comparison, indeed I am aware that some of you will be blind to what I just wrote because of the bias of confirmation.
    Overall, this remind me of science in general : the astrophysicist Dr Carl Sagan emphasize often that while speculation is essential it is equally important to be skeptic and to study facts, to reason and the general idea that it is better to welcome the universe as it is not as one would like it to be. In the past, it was emotionally appealing to think that the Earth was at the center of solar system or the universe, but is it really the case ?
    Source :
    Nielsen, J. A., Zielinski, B. A., Ferguson, M. A., Lainhart, J. E., & Anderson, J. S. (2013). An Evaluation of the Left-Brain vs. Right-Brain Hypothesis with Resting State Functional Connectivity Magnetic Resonance Imaging. PLoS ONE, 8(8), e71275.
    Karolis VR, Corbetta M & Thiebaut de Schotten M. The architecture of functional lateralisation and its relationship to callosal connectivity in the human brain. Nature Communications, 29.03.2019.

  3. I think this video describes why I had a strokein bed and awoke under the bed thinking that the l and was in hospital withy favourite rock band and met Elton John with them plus I also attempted to pass selection …

  4. Incredible thank you for shining and sharing! I had an experience during hypnotherapy/ifs while grounded on the earth where I saw in my minds eye the outline of my masculine and feminine and in the middle fire/light and that was were the peace resided. My therapist recommended this video to me afterwards. So grateful. ?

  5. Fantastic TED…thaks alot for share with us…I have a sister with esquiziofrenia and a brother with bipolarity and my lfe its a litle complex…but to listen your history and your passion to study and investigate all in the brain makes me a hopefully person. Thanks a lot!

  6. Beautiful. From this, one thing I get is that our brains do keep us in check. I like the immensity of being you experienced when the left side malfunctioned. But, for what purpose are we kept in check. The feeling of being part of and one with the existence and energy you felt around you, through you can be reached without having to suffer the near catastrophic event you did. Continuing on your journey with the insight is such a privilege and you are certainly one to appreciate that. Please, share more of what you have learned, because what we know of life is not just substantive; there is so much more.

  7. My grandfather had a stroke right before my 3rd year exams in campus. It is one of the most difficult experiences I have lived through. And yet it is not enough to picture from this perspective how much it has done to him. I love him more than I love my own father. This video is profound to me, as I can empathize with his state a little better than I ever could.

  8. Its like…she's been scientifically explaining what happens when one achieves Satori or enlightenment. This mirrors to a T what Alan Watts spent his life chasing.
    Theres some merit here. Some ground of something. An answer. But what's the question?

  9. Even after all these years, I still get emotional hearing this powerful talk and am reminded how pwerful and beautiful the mind is. Thank you for sharing your unique and beautiful experience. ❤️

  10. She must be one of the best public speakers ever. I was listening to the story from the beginning to the end without loosing it for a second. Which is very rare for me.

  11. I had a stroke when I had my baby last year. I noticed that my cognitive skills were damaged. At the moment, I am still recovering from this extremely traumatic situation. I would lovely like to talk to people similar to my situation and how long it took you to recover so that you felt normal. Thanks

  12. A mask was forced on my face and my arms were strapped down, when I had my third C- Section. That was after I called out that I felt the cold liquid , before the cutting started. I don’t know what gas they gave me through the mask, but I completely lost who I was, where I was or why I was. I felt everything and could hear distant voices. When I heard a nice comforting voice I felt better. I later realized it was my Husband Bill. That was when I saw him and asked him where I was. Then I asked him what we had, he said a boy, you should know, you held him.

  13. A mi también me dió Un Aneurisma en el 2005 y me afectó el lado derecho y el Lenguaje. Estoy Sorprendida cómo Sé Recuperó Completamente La Dra yo no me Recuperado y sigo tomando Terapia Física, pero de cómo Estaba sin Hablar, Sin Caminar, yo era Derecha y tuve que aprender a Ser Zurda para Todo Comer, Escribir, maquillarme, Bañarme, para Todo. Usó Férula en la Pierna Derecha para Caminar. Y Bastón de 4 Puntos. No tengo Equilibrio al ? y me cansó mucho y cuando habló arrastró la Lengua.
    Pero Gracias a Dios Estoy Viva y echándole Muchas Ganas a la Vida. Hago Bicicleta, tomó Aquarobics y Terapia Fisica y Me Siento Muy Agradecida Con Dios de Toda Las Personas Qué Me Han Apoyado cómo Mi Hijo, Mis Hermanos y Amigos!!!!!

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