Apr
03
Kathryn Bollich
Psychology Building Room 215 @ 1:00 pm
Apr
06
Charan Ranganath, Ph.D.
Brown 118 @ 4:00 pm
Apr
07
Kira Hudson Banks, Ph.D.
Psychology Building Room 216 @ 4:00 pm
Apr
08
Robyn LeBoeuf
Psychology Building Room 216 @ 4:00 pm
Apr
10
Josh Jackson
Psychology Building Room 215 @ 1:00 pm
February 12, 2015

"Still Alice": The Cruel Toll of Early-Onset Alzheimer's

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 GenovaMoore 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.

September 5, 2014

Cinematic Cuts Exploit How Your Brain Edits What You See

HOLLYWOOD, California—In his classic book on film editing, In the Blink of an Eye, Walter Murch writes about the violence of the cut. In an instant, everything you see onscreen is erased and replaced with something else. Often the scene jumps to another place or time. “Nothing in our day-to-day experience seems to prepare us for such a thing,” Murch writes. And yet, in movies this happens all the time, and we accept it without giving it a second thought.