Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

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Motivated by her brother’s brain disorder, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor has dedicated her time to brain research. Specifically, Dr. Taylor mapped the micro-circuitry of the brain, distinguishing the differences between those diagnosed as experimental control and others diagnosed as schizophrenic. However, on December 10, 1996, Dr. Jill Taylor suffered a mental disorder of her own, a stroke. After eight years of recovery, Dr. Taylor believed her stoke could be of use to neuroscientists and psychiatrists. In an emotional TED Talk, Dr. Taylor described specific anatomical areas of the brain and how these areas were affected during her stroke. Using a real human brain, Dr. Taylor explained the separation of the brain’s right and left hemispheres. The two cerebral cortices are completely separate from one another, but maintain communication via the corpus callosum. She described the right hemisphere as a parallel processor, thinking in images and learning from body movement. The right hemisphere is responsible for gathering sensory input, in the form of energy, from the environment around us. The left hemisphere, according to Dr. Taylor, is a serial processor, interpreting the sensory information gathered by the right hemisphere. The sensory information is analyzed and categorized by the linear and methodical thinking of the left hemisphere. Dr. Taylor believes the left hemisphere is responsible for interpretation of the past and future, as well as, an individual’s self-awareness. The

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