My Stroke of Insight

Version: Unabridged
Author: Jill Bolte Taylor
Narrator: Jill Bolte Taylor
Genres: Biography & Memoir, Science & Technology
Publisher: Penguin Audiobooks
Published In: July 2008
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 7 hours
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On the morning of the 10th December 1996, Jill Bolte Taylor, a thirty-seven-year-old Harvard-trained brain scientist experienced a massive stroke when a blood vessel exploded in the left side of her brain. A neuroanatomist by profession, she observed her own mind completely deteriorate to the point that she lost the ability to walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life, all within the space of four hours. As the damaged left side of her brain -- the rational, logical, detail and time-oriented side -- swung in an out of function, Taylor alternated between two distinct and opposite realities: the euphoric Nirvana of the intuitive and emotional right brain, in which she felt a sense of complete well-being and peace; and the logical left brain, that realized Jill was having a stroke and enabled her to seek help before she was lost completely. In My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey, Taylor brings to light a new perspective on the brain and its capacity for recovery that she gained through the intimate experience of awakening her own injured mind. The journey to recovery took eight years for Jill to feel completely healed.Using her knowledge of how the brain works, her respect for the cells composing her human form, and an amazing mother, Taylor completely repaired her mind and recalibrated her understanding of the world according to the insight gained from her right brain that December morning.

Reviews (1)

stroke of stupidity

Written by Anonymous on July 2nd, 2014

  • Book Rating: 1/5

She watched her brain shut down and was able to lucidly reflect about it?! She didn't realize she was having a stroke? That is a bit much. She was excited when she found out she was having a stroke???!!! One of THE worst book I've ever tried to get through.

Author Details

Author Details

Bolte Taylor, Jill

Jill Bolte Taylor is a neuroanatomist who teaches at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Bloomington, Indiana. She is the National Spokesperson for the Mentally Ill for the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center (Brain Bank) and the Consulting Neuroantomist for the Midwest Proton Radiotherapy Institute. Since 1993 she has been an active member of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness). Her story has been featured on the PBS program "Understanding Amazing Brain", among others. She was interviewed on NPR's Infinite Mind and ABC News, and was named one of The 100 of the World's Most In