Taylor, Jill

The woman pictured here, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, is a neuroanatomist who felt led to study the brain because of her brother’s schizophrenia. 

In an exciting video from TED.com, she describes how a stroke she experienced when she was 37 years old and the 10-year recovery that shaped her understanding of the brain.  Here’s how the TED people describe it:

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding — she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.

Her description of right-brain only existence sounds much like the descriptions of folks who claim near-death experiences. 

Enjoy her story.  It’s quite funny (yeah, funny!) and, near the end, both incredibly moving and uplifting. 

You can buy her book and read more of her story on her personal website.