Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor talks with Dr Zieve about her experience with stroke, the importance of exercising our intuitive side, and her best-selling book, My Stroke of Insight.
Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a respected and published neuroanatomist specializing in the postmortem investigation of the brain as it relates to schizophrenia and severe mental illness. In 1996 Dr. Taylor experienced a rare form of stroke and underwent major brain surgery to remove a golf-ball sized blood clot from the left hemisphere of her brain. As the swelling and trauma of the stroke placed pressure on her dominant left hemisphere, the functions of her right hemisphere blossomed. It took her eight years to rebuild her brain - from the inside out. Her book about her recovery and the insights she gained into the workings of her brain became a New York Times bestselling memoir, My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey. In May 2008, Time Magazine ranked Dr. Taylor among the 100 Most Influential People in the World. Currently she serves as President of the Greater Bloomington Affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Bloomington, Indiana. Read more at drjilltaylor.com.