Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor

Hi everyone, life is good and I am happy. If you are at all interested in learning more about your brain or the brain of another who has experienced some form of trauma, please read My Stroke of Insight. We are all perfect and whole and beautiful just the way we are. Hugs to you! Jill


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On Saturday, January 26, 2013, I gave my second TED talk - a TEDX for Youth held in Indianapolis, Indiana. The title of the talk was "The NeuroAnatomical Transformation of the Teenage Brain". You can see it on Youtube here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PzT_SBl31-s

For fun, you can order a tee shirt that says: I LOVE MY AMYGDALA at this link - happEStore.com/DrJill 
(All proceeds go to the education of the public about the beauty of the brain through the not-for-profit Jill Bolte Taylor BRAINS, INc.)            

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My interview with OPRAH on her Soul Series will be aired again this Sunday, August 12 at 11am EST on the OWN channel. I hope you will join us for this uplifting and inspiring interview!


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The Brain Extravaganza! is being launched in Bloomington, Indiana, on April 28, 2012!

Brains, brains, brains! Big beautiful anatomically correct brains with 12 pairs of cranial nerves and all the gyri and sulci a girl could want on a brain.

There are 22 enormous fiberglass brains (5 feet long, 5 feet high and 4 feet wide) in the hands of the artists who are decorating/painting them for the Brain Extravaganza! which will be launched on April 28th in Bloomington, IN.

We are 'blooming tons of brains' in Bloomington!

YaY! It thrills my heart to be doing this.

Every brain will have a sign attached to the base. On the sign will be 5 facts (yes, we care about education) about the brain and a special question. You will be able to download a really cool mobile app (JBTBRAINS.ORG) that will allow you to 'paint your own brain'. Then you can  compare your brain to some other brains, upload the image of your brain to your Facebook page and talk about brains, brains, brains!

YaY! Brains are cool!

Here is a photo of me with one of the big brains. This is the right hemisphere of the 'religion' brain sponsored by Rev. Dr. Hal Taylor (my dad) and decorated by Michele Gingras (michelegingras.com, Distinguished Professor at Miami University, Oxford, OH).

(now that's true love!)



What is the Brain Extravaganza! all about?

As you know I care deeply about our brain and our relationship to it. I care so much about this that I started a not-for-profit called Jill Bolte Taylor BRAINS, Inc., as a giving arm of My Stroke of Insight, Inc. (Click here to see the front page article in the Herald Times).

The mission of JILL BOLTE TAYLOR BRAINS is to support brain awareness, appreciation, exploration, education, injury prevention, neurological recovery, and the value of movement on mental and physical health. The Brain Extravaganza! is the first project we are undertaking and this collaborative community art program in Bloomington, Indiana, will place 22 large fiberglass brains on public display around town and on the campus of Indiana University.

To date, 350 communities around the world have placed large fiberglass animals or guitars (or such things) on their street corners to stimulate both tourism and appreciation for the item on display. For more information about the brains about town for the Brain Extravaganza! visit us at JBTBRAINS.ORG.

Healthy brains are brains that have a lot of connections between the cells in that brain and a healthy community has a lot of connections between the people in that community. We have created a lovely working relationship with the City of Bloomington, Indiana University, the business and artist communities, the Bloomington volunteer community, and the local school systems K-12 (MCCSC plus the alternative educational groups in town). We are consciously contributing positively to the health and well-being of our Bloomington community by building a healthy network within the area.

If you are outside of Bloomington, Indiana, and would like to bring the Brain Extravaganza! to your community, email us! We are a user-friendly networking kind of group. Imagine brains all over the world, connecting our communities and appreciation of this beautiful organ, one circuit at a time. I love it!



Local collaborative artist Joe LaMantia and I spent 3.5 weeks sculpting the prototype brain out of wood, foam and plaster. A mold was then made of the prototype and 22 fiberglass copies were made and distributed to the artists.

To hear a recent interview on WFHB about the Brain Extravaganza! follow this link: 

http://www.wfhb.org/news/interchange-beauty-brain-fun-and-games

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Wow, Oprah Winfrey blew my mind when she spotlighted a clip of our time together during her final show and publicly thanked me for my message. She is a wonder of a human being and has been a tremendous blessing to our mental health. I am forever indebted to her for her kindness. Here is what she had to say:

 "Dr. Taylor sent me a sign that I have hanging in my makeup room. It says, 'Please take responsibility for the energy you bring into this space.' And I ask the same thing in my home and at my companies. Thank you, Dr. Taylor, for that simple but powerful lesson. All life is energy and we are transmitting it at every moment. We are all beaming little signals like radio frequencies, and the world is responding in kind.“

If you are interested in displaying this quote at your home or office and would like to purchase one designed by the same artist, please visit http://www.merrideelamantia.com and click on the tab Jill Bolte Taylor.





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There is currently an amazing video on youtube.com called "Ode to the Brain!" by Symphony Science, that is taking a viral trip around the world. If you have not seen it, you can find it here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JB7jSFeVz1U

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In November 2009, I had the privilege of giving a presentation in Indianapolis with singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer. For one very special evening, Carrie and I joined our spirits and gave a presentation titled Transformative Stories. The night turned out to be "an event of uncommon depth" and  the reports were so positive that Carrie and I have decided to do it again.

Carrie and I repeated this phenomenal evening on May 11, 2011 in NYC for the Academi of Life. This 90-minute presentation makes for an evening of inspirational story, spiritual conversation, and meaningful music. Click here to download a one page description of the Transformative Stories evening of possibilities. It's an amazing presentation that we hope to give again.

    


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News News News on the homefront! We are working with Sony Pictures and Imagine Entertainment on the creation of a feature film adaptation of My Stroke of Insight. Screenwriter Semi Chellas is busy working on the screenplay and Ron Howard will be the director. Jodie Foster is interested in playing the role of me and I am hoping that that will work out. Who will play GG remains a mystery. How exciting!




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The last few years have been such a whirlwind that I had gotten away from traveling with my guitar. However, I have recently become a Taylor Guitar Artist and have two beautiful Taylor guitars that are bringing music back into my life. It has been an honor and a privilege to be able to play these beautiful instruments. Who knows what the future will bring?

 

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Last October, 2009, I was interviewed on one of Scandinavia's largest and most popular talk shows, Skavlan, on SVT (Swedish Public Television). It was a great experience! Also, my book was released in Sweden on October 7 (published by Bra Bocker with the Swedish title Min Stroke--see Foreign Versions).



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My interview with Charlie Rose aired September 4, 2009 on PBS. Please check your local listings for information in your area or go to his website (click on the photo below) and watch the interview online!



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Books for a Better Life has awarded My Stroke of Insight with one of their 2009 Book Awards! The ceremony took place February 23, 2009 in New York City, with special awards going to Dr. Mehmet Oz, Dr. Michael Roizen, and Robert Miller. Find out more here.

My Stroke of Insight has become a New York Times Bestseller and is already released in Brazil, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, and the UK (other countries coming soon)! The book is available at your local bookstore or online bookseller, including Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Penguin Group. It is also now available as a Penguin Audio Book, a large-print edition, and a paperback! Click on the cover image below to learn more!



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I was a guest on the Oprah Winfrey Show, interviewed by Oprah herself and also Dr. Mehmet Oz, which aired on Tuesday, October 21, 2008. Also, my four-part interview with Oprah on her Soul Series is available on her website. Click on the picture below or here to watch, listen, or download the interview. We had a great time talking with one another; we laughed, we cried, we even sang for brains together!



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What an honor it has been to be chosen as one of TIME Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in the World for 2008!

   

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This all came about because I was invited to give an 18-minute presentation at the TED conference in Monterey, CA on February 27, 2008. TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design - three wide-ranging subject areas that are, collectively, shaping our future. Every year, 1300 of the world's leading thinkers and doers gather together for four days of networking, education and exposure to new ideas. Past speakers and performers have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Paul Simon, Richard Branson, Frank Gehry, Philippe Starck, James Watson, Billy Graham, Jane Goodall, Al Gore, and Bono. However, TED is about much more than famous names. It is about passion, laughter, beauty, and ingenuity. It is about ideas capable of changing the world, and I was given 18 minutes to share my personal story and an idea that I believed was worth spreading. That video has now been viewed on the TED website over five million times and has been included as one of the Top 10 TED talks of all time! My experience at TED2008 was both phenomenal and life transforming. Experience it firsthand by visiting www.TED.com.



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