Stroke of Insight: Strengthening the Brain
Jill Bolte Taylor in Conversation with Thomas Goetz
Monday January 28th 7:30pm at the Herbst Theatre
As a Harvard brain researcher, Jill Bolte Taylor, Ph.D. studied the question of how the brains of people with mental disorders differ from those without. At the age of 37, her study of the brain was changed by a very personal experience. She had a stroke. As she watched her experience unfold, her brain functions -- motion, speech, memory, linear thinking and self-awareness -- shut down one by one. What followed was a transformational experience and a personal study of perception as it differs between left brain processing and right brain experiencing. After a long and successful rehabilitation, she has become a spokesperson for the possibility of coming back from a brain injury stronger than before. She is the best-selling author of My Stroke of Insight and has the second most watched TED talk of all time. Taylor remains the national spokesperson for the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center and has been an active member and supporter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) since 1993. Taylor will be in conversation with Thomas Goetz who serves as the executive editor of Wired Magazine where he oversees all aspects of the publication from story conception to cover packages. Goetz holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of California at Berkeley and is author of The Decision Tree: A Manifesto for Personal Health which was published in February 2010 by Rodale Books. This program is presented in partnership with the Gladstone Institutes. Brilliant!Science is generously supported by Eva and Bill Price.