November 9, 2008

Self-awareness deficits following loss of inner speech: Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor’s case study

personal identity, self-awareness — alice @ 5:08 am Print This Post  AddThis Social Bookmark Button

Alain Morin
Article in Consciousness and Cognition

Abstract
In her 2006 book ‘‘My Stroke of Insight” Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor relates her experience of suffering from a left hemispheric stroke caused by a congenital arteriovenous malformation which led to a loss of inner speech. Her phenomenological account strongly suggests that this impairment produced a global self-awareness deficit as well as more specific dysfunctions related to corporeal awareness, sense of individuality, retrieval of autobiographical memories, and self-conscious emotions. These are examined in details and corroborated by numerous excerpts from Taylor’s book.

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