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Jill Bolte Taylor: The Neuroanatomical Transformation of the Teenage Brain at TEDxYouth@Indianapolis (Transcript)

Jill Bolte Taylor

Here is the full transcript of neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor’s TEDx Talk presentation: The Neuroanatomical Transformation of the Teenage Brain at TEDxYouth@Indianapolis conference. She is the author of the book: My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist’s Personal Journey. In this presentation, Harvard-trained and published neuroanatomist Jill Bolte Taylor discusses the neurological transformation of the brain that occurs during the teenage years.

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TRANSCRIPT: 

Thank you everyone.

I have brought for you a human brain. So this is a real human brain. And when I look at this brain, I am reminded that we are neurocircuitry. We are neurocircuitry, and every ability we have — we have because we have cells that perform that function.

We know more about the human brain than we’ve ever known before. And we’ve learned things in the last 10 to 20 years — most of your life span — that has completely shifted the way neuroscientists think about this organ and our relationship with it.

When I was in school back in the ‘80s, we were taught that the brain cells you were born with are the brain cells you’re going to die with, and you are not going to get anymore along the way. We do know that our brain is capable of growing some new neurons, and this is neurogenesis.

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