Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D. is a Harvard-trained and published neuroanatomist who teaches at the Indiana University School of Medicine in Bloomington, Indiana. She is the author of the extraordinary book, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey which tells the story of a stroke which essentially knocked out her left hemisphere and enhanced the functioning of her right hemisphere. In this right-hemisphere state she seemed to experience something akin to enlightenment. I learned of Dr. Jill through an incredible video presentation she gave at a recent TED Conference in Monterey, California. Dr. Jill has dedicated her career to the advancement of postmortem research into the human brain and to the education of the public about the fragile, yet resilient, nature of this incredible organ. Because of the long-term shortage of brain tissue donated for research into the severe mental illnesses, she travels throughout the country. By sharing her science and her unique personal journey, she communicates a message of hope, education, and celebration.
(Psychology podcast by David Van Nuys, Ph.D.)