I’ve been thinking a lot about neuroplasticity and the human brain. I’d love to tell you this is what I do on the weekends, but I’d be lying. I’m not an intellect, nor do I make a habit out of studying the human brain after work or during my leisure time.

Rather, I was recently watching a special on PBS about the ‘plastic’ brain and found it absolutely fascinating. Specifically, the human brain’s ability to reorganize and redistribute complex tasks (e.g., speech, walking, etc.) even after life changing events like strokes which kill off potions of the brain responsible for these functions.

Shortly after the PBS story peaked my interested, my brother forwarded me this truly amazing speech from the TED Talks.

The powerful story of Neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor is about how our brains define us and connect us to the world and to one another.

She 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 definitely worth viewing and contemplating what it means to be truly human from a neuroscientific perspective. The TED video is approximately 18 minutes, so heads-up.

http://www.ted.com/talks/view/id/229

 

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