Bolte Taylor’sspeech titled “Stroke of Insight”, Dr. Taylor acts as the sender for hermessage. This in turn makes the audience, as well as anyone watching the videoof her speech, the receiver.
As for the channel used to deliver thismessage to me, it is through YouTube on the internet. In the video she primarilyused an aural channel in her speech, but also used a visual channel withher slide projected images and the human brain display. Dr. Taylor’s codein her speech could be identified as her thorough use of examples, visuals, andeven her hand gestures. Her use of a real-life example made it a great dealeasier to decode her overall message. It is because of her excellent publicspeaking abilities that I was able to decipher her message even though itwasn’t a speech I would have listened to on my own. Her message was thatwe as a whole need to focus more on what the right brain has to offer for boththe world’s and the individual’s overall happiness.
She implied that wesometimes let our left brain’s “brain chatter” take over and forget to listento the right. Now, given that this was a straight forward speech with nooutside interaction and all information coming prom one primary speaker, onecan conclude that this speech was a linear model.As previously stated, Dr.
Taylor’s main idea, or message, was that we asa whole define ourselves entirely off of how our left hemisphere behaves,forgetting what the right hemisphere has to offer ourselves and for thehappiness of the world around us, and therefor the right brain should be givenmore attention. She delivers this message with the help of her supporting ideas,examples, and her use of real-life comparisons. She begins this by not onlyexplaining that the left and right brain are separate entities, but also byexplaining their differences all together. Dr. Taylor explains this both in afactual sense and an emotional sense, which aids in the delivery of her messageby catering to more listeners. She then thoroughly explains how she felt when shelost her left brains abilities to process and communicate with her. However, specificallyfor me as a receiver, it was difficult for me to understand exactly whatshe meant when describing the loss of her left brain. Given my lack ofbackground knowledge on brain disorders and strokes, to me what she was describingsounded similar to a description of being inebriated, or medicinally high.
Thishowever did not deter me from fully processing and finally understanding whatshe went through. Dr. Taylor then continues to say that everyone should try tolisten to the voice of their right brain more due to her enlighteningexperience. Now, within this module, we learned of three categoriesof noise. There is physiological noise, psychological noise, and semanticnoise. Physiological noise is something that has to do with how youare feeling physically, and what physical discomforts are distracting you. Acommon example for this type of noise would be hunger, a universallydistracting thing.
Psychological noise is all mental. This would be anyand all mental distractions keeping you from receiving a message beingdelivered, whether it be positive or negative. A good example for this would beif you had just learned that your sister is pregnant, you would be too excitedand lost in thought to properly listen to a speech or retain informationproperly. Lastly, there is semantic noise.
Semanticnoise is a bit more complicated than the first two noises. This is when anindividual’s understanding of a certain word or phrase doesn’t add up with thespeaker’s use of the word or phrase. For example, if you had a nickname for a certainobject growing up and it became normal for you, listening to a speaker call itsomething else could be distracting.
As for me, I experienced two forms ofnoise listening to this speech. Given that I have recently been in a caraccident, I have had a good deal of trouble focusing on anything given the painI am in, giving me my physiological noise (EXAMPLE 1). I also experienced psychologicalnoise due to some family stress I have been going through (EXAMPLE 2). However,having just read about different kinds of noise, I was able to understand thethings that were distracting me and how they were a distraction.