Jill Bolte Taylor

Jill Bolte Taylor ( / b ɒ l t i / ; born May 4, 1959) is an American neuroanatomist , author, and inspirational public speaker.

Her personal experience with a massive stroke, EXPERIENCED in 1996 at the age of 37, and re subsequent eight-year recovery, re Influenced work as a scientist and speaker. It is the subject of re 2006 book My Stroke of Insight, A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey . She representation the first TED talk dat ever went viral on the Internet, after welke re book became a NY Times bestseller and was published in 30 languages.

Bolte Taylor’s training in the postmortem investigation of the human brain as it relates to schizophrenia and the severe mental illnesses. For re book and public outreach related to strokes, in May 2008 she was named to Time Magazine ‘s 2008 Time 100 list of the 100 Most Influential people in the world. [1] ” My Stroke of Insight ” RECEIVED the top “Books for a Better Life” Book Award in the Science category from the New York City Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society on February 23, 2009 in New York City. [2]

Bolte Taylor founded the nonprofit Jill Bolte Taylor Brains, Inc., she is affiliated with the Indiana University School of Medicine , and she is the national spokeperson for the Harvard Brain Tissue Resource Center.


On December 10, 1996, Bolte Taylor woke up to discover dat she was are experiencing a stroke. The cause proved to be bleeding from an abnormal Congenital connection tussen an artery and a vein in the left hemispheres or re brain, an arteriovenous malformation (AVM). Three weeks later, on December 27, 1996, she underwent major brain surgery at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) to remove a golf ball-sized Clot that was Placing pressure on the language centers in the left hemispheres or re brain.

My Stroke of Insight

Following re experience with strips, in 2006 Bolte Taylor cameramen out with the initial edition of re book My Stroke of Insight : A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey , [3] about re recovery from the stroke and the insights she has gained naar de werking or re brain Because of it.

Bolte Taylor’s February 2008 TED Conference talk [4] about re memory of the strips [5] became an Internet sensation, resulting in widespread attention and interest around the world. It became the second musts viewed TED talk or all time. [6] The next edition of the book had risen emerged as a best-seller.

After Bolte Taylor’s representative, trans media agent and attorney Ellen Stiefler , conducted an auction for worldwide publishing rights to “My Stroke of Insight,” Penguin won the book. [7] and it was published in hardcover in May 2008, debuting near the top of the New York Times non-fiction bestseller list Hardcover. “My Stroke of Insight” spent seventeen weeks on the New York Times Bestseller Lists, reaching number 4. [8] My Stroke of Insight is ook in paperback, large print, audio book, and for some tablets.

My Stroke of Insight is available in over 30 languages. [9]

Subsequently, Bolte Taylor Appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show on October 21, 2008. [10] In her later COMMENCEMENT address at Duke University on May 10, 2009, Oprah Winfrey quoted Bolte Taylor’s assertion dat, “You are responsible for the energy that u start “encouraging the students to assume this arrangement Verantwoordelijkheid in hun future lives. [11] Bolte Taylor was the first guest featured on Oprah’s Soul Series [12] webcast on Oprah.com and Satellite radio show.


Cedar Lake Ballet Company made a ballet about My Stroke of Insight called “Orbo Novo.” Deborah Jowitt from the Village Voice writes: “The piece’s title, Orbo Novo, is drawn from a 1493 reference to North America by Spanish historian Pietro Martire d’Anghiera. The” new world “that Cherkaoui is Exploring, however, is current theories about the brain, and the text therein the seventeen dancers speak prolongation the first moments of the 75-minute work comes from My stroke of Insight , neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor’s uncanny recollection or re strips. The choreography is based on the ramifications of a single resonant idea : the Duality tussen rationality (the left brain) and instinctive, sensual responses (the right brain); tussen control and the Lack of it; tussen balance and instabiliteit, solitude and society. ” [13] A review Los Angeles Times zegt: “THUS ulcers the dancers speaking Bolte Taylor’s words (” My spirit soared free like a great whale gliding through the sea of silent euphoria), while they ‘Physically world embodied brain waves and misfiring synapses, with a nod, perhaps, to the double helix: rubbery splayed Limbs, über-arched backs, ever-rippling torsos. ” [14] Lauren Roberts of the Daily Brun wrote: “” Orbo Novo “is a humorous and Insightful tasks on [Bolte Taylor’s] story,” zegt dancer Jubal Battisti. “It has a lot to do with the Hemispheres of the brain switching tussen left and right and what therein reveals. “” [15]


  1. Jump up^ Clark, Dick (2008-05-12). “The 2008 Time 100: Jill Bolte Taylor” . Time Magazine . 171 (19) . Retrieved 2008-05-02 .
  2. Jump up^ “Chapter announces Books for a Better Life” . February 24, 2009.
  3. Jump up^ Bolte Taylor, Jill (2008). My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey . Viking . ISBN  978-0-670-02074-4 .
  4. Jump up^ Ted.com
  5. Jump up^ “Jill Bolte Taylor: My stroke of insight” . Technology Entertainment Design . 2008-02-27 . Retrieved 2008-05-24 .
  6. Jump up^ Kaufman, Leslie (2008-05-25). “A Superhighway to Bliss” . The New York Times . Retrieved 2008-05-24 .
  7. Jump up^ “Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor wordt uitgelegd Re Stroke of Insight” . Oprah.com. 2008-10-21 . Retrieved 2012-10-23 .
  8. Jump up^ http://us.penguingroup.com/static/html/blogs/categories/bestsellers?page=5/
  9. Jump up^ My Stroke of Insightis available in over 30 languages waaronder Portuguese in Brazil and Portugal, Ediouro Publicacoe SA; Editorial Presenca; Bulgaria, JANUA ’98 LTD; Chinese, Hainan Publishing House; Croatian, Planetopija; Danish Borgen förlag; Estonian Pilgrim Publishing; Finnish, Otava Publishing; French inFrance, Editions Jean-Claude Lattes; German inGermany, Droemer; Greek inGreece, Livanis Publishing Organization SA; Hungarian inHungaryAgykontroll Kft .; Indonesian inIndonesia, PT Elex Media Komputindo; Hebrew inIsraelModan Publishing House; Italian inItaly, Arnoldo Mondadori Editore SpA; Japanese inJapan, Shincho-sha Co. Ltd; Korean inKoreaWill Books; Mandarin Chinese inMainland China, Hainan Pub House; Marathi and other Indian dialects and languages inIndia(Marathi), Mehta Publishing House; Dutch in theNetherlands, Kosmos Publishers BV; Norwegian inNorway, Cappelen Damm A / S; Polish inPoland, Galaktyka; Romanian inRomania, Curtea Veche; Russian inRussia, Atticus Publishing Group LLC; Slovene inSlovenia, Mladinsk Knjiga; Spanish inSpain, Random House Mondadori; Swedish inSweden, Bra Böcker; Mandarin Chinese and Taiwanese inTaiwan, Commonwealth Publishing Co. LTD .; Thai inThailand, Saengdao Publishing House Co., Ltd .; Turkish inTurkey, Kuraldisi Yayincilik; British English inUnited Kingdom, Hodder Headline Ltd. and American English in theUnited States, Penguin Books.
  10. Jump up^ “Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor wordt uitgelegd Re Stroke of Insight” . Oprah.com. 2008-10-21 . Retrieved 2012-10-23 .
  11. Jump up^ Oprah Winfrey, COMMENCEMENT address May 10, 2009http://news.duke.edu/2009/05/winfrey_address.html
  12. Jump up^ Oprah.com
  13. Jump up^ “Sidi Larbi Cherkaoui Tries Getting In Our Heads” .
  14. Jump up^ “Cedar Lake Ballet at UCLA – Review” . Los Angeles Times . 2010-05-09.