Neuroscientist, stroke victim Taylor to speak at Butler commencement

Jill Bolte Taylor emphasizes the relationship between the left and right sides of the brain.
Jill Bolte Taylor emphasizes the relationship between the left and right sides of the brain. | File photo
Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor is known for her memoir, "My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientists's Personal Journey," and for the event that inspired the book's publication.

On May 7, Taylor will speak at Butler University's commencement ceremony where she will receive an honorary Doctor of Science degree at this time.

In 1996, Taylor suffered a stroke that nearly cost her life. Aided by her knowledge of the human brain and its functions, she embarked on an eight-year recovery process.

In 2008, Taylor began speaking in detail about her stroke and the recovery process that she underwent, and her TED Talk on the subject was viewed by millions. She continues to speak around the world on both her personal account and more conceptual lectures.

Taylor emphasizes the relationship between the left and right sides of the brain, which relates to her own experience that rendered her left hemisphere damaged, but her right hemisphere much more involved and active. She also speaks about how similar neurological occurrences can have varying effects on people's talents and interests. 

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