How a neuroanatomist studied her own stroke as it happened

This was a great talk at TED 2008. Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor talks about how, in 1996, she "woke up to discover that … a blood vessel had exploded in the left half of my brain. In the course of four hours I watched my brain completely deteriorate in its ability to process all information. On the morning of the hemorrhage I could not walk, talk, read, write, or recall any of my life. I essentially became an infant in a woman's body."

Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor had an opportunity few brain scientists would wish for: One morning, she realized she was having a massive stroke. As it happened — as she felt her brain functions slip away one by one, speech, movement, understanding — she studied and remembered every moment. This is a powerful story about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.