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flashl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 08:00 AM
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When a Brain Scientist Suffers a Stroke
As a Harvard-trained neuroanatomist, Jill Bolte Taylor has always known more about brains than most people. But when a brain hemorrhage triggered her own stroke, she suddenly had a front-row seat on the deterioration of the brain.

Dr. Taylor recounts the details of her stroke and the amazing insights she gained from it in a riveting 18-minute video of her speech at the Technology, Entertainment, Design Conference in Monterey, Calif., last month. Her fascinating lecture includes a detailed explanation of the differences between the left and right sides of the brain, complete with an incredibly cool prop a real human brain.

On a December morning in 1996, Dr. Taylor woke up with searing pain behind her left eye, the beginnings of a hemorrhagic stroke. As the left side of her brain shut down, she began to feel disconnected from her body and entered an almost-euphoric like state. It took her a while to make sense of the experience, but as her right arm became paralyzed, it dawned on her that she was having a stroke.

How many brain scientists have the opportunity to study their own brain from the inside out?,' she said. In the course of four hours, I watched my brain completely deteriorate in its ability to process all information. On the morning of the hemorrhage, I could not walk, talk, read, write or recall any of my life.'

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Imagine what it would be like to be totally disconnected from your brain chatter,' she said. I felt a sense of peacefulness.'

Dr. Taylors lecture is challenging and thought-provoking...
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enough Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 08:22 AM
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1. Very interesting. Do you have a link?
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kickysnana Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 08:51 AM
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Warpy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Mar-15-08 11:00 AM
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3. It takes a lot of work getting to a deep meditative state
that shuts off all the brain chatter, but yes, it's incredibly peaceful.

It's just interesting to have someone point out that a CVA will accomplish the same thing.
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