By Brian Carpenter
Associate Professor of Psychology
In case you hadn’t noticed, we’re in the middle of cinema’s awards season, first the Golden Globes, followed by the BAFTAs, leading up to the Academy Awards on February 22. Among the winners so far, Julianne Moore has captured several Best Actress awards recognizing her performance in Still Alice. In this film, adapted from the 2007 novel of the same name by Lisa Genova, Moore plays Alice Howland, an accomplished linguistics professor who is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Over the course of the film we watch the progression of her disease and its profound effect on her career, her family and her self. I’ve split “her self” into two words on purpose, because as anyone who has experience with this disease knows, it attacks the very core of a person. And Still Alice depicts that feature of AD most poignantly, though other features less thoroughly.