#057 Off the Pitch with Active: Interview with Dr Jill Bolte Taylor, Neuroanatomist, TED Speaker, Author & one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World

The New York Times best-selling author of My Stroke of Insight, Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, blends neuroanatomy with psychology in her new book Whole Brain Living which shows how we can short-circuit emotional reactivity and find our way to peace. Ranked #1 on Amazon in the following categories: Stroke, Neuroscience, Neurological Diseases, Nervous System Diseases, and Stress Management.

Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor is a Harvard-trained and published neuroanatomist whose research specialized in understanding how our brain creates our perception of reality. She was interested in this subject because she has a brother who is diagnosed with the brain disorder schizophrenia.

As irony would have it, in 1996 at the age of 37, Dr. Jill experienced a severe hemorrhage in the left hemisphere of her brain. On the afternoon of this rare form of stroke (AVM), she could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of her life. It took eight years for Dr. Jill to completely rebuild her brain to recover all physical, emotional, and thinking abilities.

Dr. Jill is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey (published in 2008 by Viking Penguin), which is still often the #1 book about STROKE sold in the Amazon marketplace.

In addition, her second book WHOLE BRAIN LIVING: The Anatomy of Choice and the Four Characters That Drive Our Life was published in May of 2021 by Hay House and is now readily available.

In 2008, Dr. Jill gave a presentation about her experience with stroke at the TED Conference in Monterey, CA, which was the first TED talk to ever go viral through the internet. TED and Dr. Jill became world-famous instantaneously and that TED talk has now been viewed well over 28.5 million times. This 18-minute presentation catapulted Dr. Jill into the public eye, and within six weeks of presenting that TED talk, she was chosen as one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World, she was the premiere guest on Oprah’s Soul Series webcast, and her book My Stroke of Insight became a New York Times bestseller and remained on the list for 63 weeks.

Dr. Jill is passionate about educating the public about the beauty of our human brain. In this episode we will explore the Whole Brain Living related to youth-sport and what is going on in the teenage brain.


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53:11   min episode

02:41   Introducing Dr Jill Bolte Taylor

06:50   Dr Jill talk about her own youth sport experiences.

09:05   Dr. Jill shares her life changing story when she experienced a left-brain hemorrhage. This turned her life as a teacher and researcher at Harvard University into becoming her personal research object.

15:15   Emotions and the impact in sport.

21:35   Athletes individual needs when in action-Dr. Jill shares a golden nugget about the brain for coaches & parents.

26:50   Whole brain living & sport. Exploring mode, the foundation to creativity.

39:23   Generational difference from a brain development perspective. This focuses on generation Z born around 2001 for the benefit of coaches and parents.

46:30   Dr. Jill’s version of “Sound of music” in youth-sport.

48:20   Final thoughts on the beauty of our brain

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