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Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: one morning, a blood vessel exploded in her brain, triggering a massive stroke. As it happened -- as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one -- this 37-year-old Harvard-trained neuroanatomist studied and remembered every moment. Through the eyes of a curious scientist, she watched her mind deteriorate, and as she lost the skills of her left brain, including her ability to walk, talk, read, write, and recall her life, her consciousness shifted away from normal reality and into a "right brain" recognition of her "oneness with the universe."

In her self-published book, My Stroke of Insight, Jill shares her recommendations for recovery along with the insight she gained into the unique functions of the two halves of her brain. Taylor not only helps others recover from brain trauma; she also helps those of us with normal brains better understand how we can consciously influence the neural circuitry underlying what we think, how we feel and how we react to life’s circumstances.

This is a powerful story of insight, awareness and recovery -- and an invaluable revelation of how the mind/brain defines us and connects us to the world and to each another. (Recorded February 2008 in Monterey, California. Duration: 18:44.)

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