In Dr. Bolte Taylor’s
speech titled “Stroke of Insight”, Dr. Taylor acts as the sender for her
message. This in turn makes the audience, as well as anyone watching the video
of her speech, the receiver. As for the channel used to deliver this
message to me, it is through YouTube on the internet. In the video she primarily
used an aural channel in her speech, but also used a visual channel with
her slide projected images and the human brain display. Dr. Taylor’s code
in her speech could be identified as her thorough use of examples, visuals, and
even her hand gestures. Her use of a real-life example made it a great deal
easier to decode her overall message. It is because of her excellent public
speaking abilities that I was able to decipher her message even though it
wasn’t a speech I would have listened to on my own. Her message was that
we as a whole need to focus more on what the right brain has to offer for both
the world’s and the individual’s overall happiness. She implied that we
sometimes let our left brain’s “brain chatter” take over and forget to listen
to the right. Now, given that this was a straight forward speech with no
outside interaction and all information coming prom one primary speaker, one
can conclude that this speech was a linear model.

As previously stated, Dr. Taylor’s main idea, or message, was that we as
a whole define ourselves entirely off of how our left hemisphere behaves,
forgetting what the right hemisphere has to offer ourselves and for the
happiness of the world around us, and therefor the right brain should be given
more 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 only
explaining that the left and right brain are separate entities, but also by
explaining their differences all together. Dr. Taylor explains this both in a
factual sense and an emotional sense, which aids in the delivery of her message
by catering to more listeners. She then thoroughly explains how she felt when she
lost her left brains abilities to process and communicate with her. However, specifically
for me as a receiver, it was difficult for me to understand exactly what
she meant when describing the loss of her left brain. Given my lack of
background knowledge on brain disorders and strokes, to me what she was describing
sounded similar to a description of being inebriated, or medicinally high. This
however did not deter me from fully processing and finally understanding what
she went through. Dr. Taylor then continues to say that everyone should try to
listen to the voice of their right brain more due to her enlightening
experience.

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            Now, within this module, we learned of three categories
of noise. There is physiological noise, psychological noise, and semantic
noise. Physiological noise is something that has to do with how you
are feeling physically, and what physical discomforts are distracting you. A
common example for this type of noise would be hunger, a universally
distracting thing. Psychological noise is all mental. This would be any
and all mental distractions keeping you from receiving a message being
delivered, whether it be positive or negative. A good example for this would be
if you had just learned that your sister is pregnant, you would be too excited
and lost in thought to properly listen to a speech or retain information
properly. Lastly, there is semantic noise. Semantic
noise is a bit more complicated than the first two noises. This is when an
individual’s understanding of a certain word or phrase doesn’t add up with the
speaker’s use of the word or phrase. For example, if you had a nickname for a certain
object growing up and it became normal for you, listening to a speaker call it
something else could be distracting. As for me, I experienced two forms of
noise listening to this speech. Given that I have recently been in a car
accident, I have had a good deal of trouble focusing on anything given the pain
I am in, giving me my physiological noise (EXAMPLE 1). I also experienced psychological
noise 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 the
things that were distracting me and how they were a distraction.