Science on Screen®: THE LADY VANISHES with Dr. Julie Suhr

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Now You See Her, Now You Don’t

Preceding a free screening of Alfred Hitchcock’s The Lady Vanishes will be a presentation from OU Professor and Director of Clinical Training, Julie A. Suhr, PhD. Join us for a discussion on the neuroscience behind unconsciousness, memory impairment, and memory distortion in Hitchcock’s mesmerizing thriller!

About the film

In Alfred Hitchcock’s most quick-witted and devilish comic thriller, the beautiful Iris Henderson (Margaret Lockwood), traveling across Europe by train, meets a charming spinster (Dame May Whitty), who then seems to disappear into thin air. The younger woman turns investigator and finds herself drawn into a complex web of mystery and high adventure. Also starring Michael Redgrave, The Lady Vanishes remains one of the great filmmaker’s purest delights.

About the speaker

Dr. Suhr’s area of specialty is clinical neuropsychology, which she views as an integration of clinical psychology and neuroscience, or as her students put it “keeping the psychology in neuropsychology.” Her research reflects this integration, and the importance of a good understanding of psychology in order to understand neuroscience.

One major topic of current research interest is the effect of psychological (non-neurological) variables on neuropsychological performance. Some of the psychological variables addressed in the laboratory include malingering, premorbid expectations for performance “diagnosis threat,” depression, and anxiety. Their effects on neuropsychological performance have been examined both in cognitively impaired persons (such as patients with dementia or head injury), in those who are neurologically normal but report cognitive problems (such as persons with chronic pain or students who suspect they have ADHD), or in those who may be worried about future cognitive decline (such as in the fear of Alzheimer’s seen in family members of patients with Alzheimer’s disease).


Presented as part of the 2019 National Week of Science on Screen.


Science on Screen® is an initiative of the Coolidge Corner Theatre, with major support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Science on Screen program pairs films with a short talk with a scientist or technology expert. The free Science on Screen events are fun and engaging, offering dynamic speakers an unexpected jumping point to teach their field of expertise in a way that is accessible to a diverse audience.


Free admission to this event is provided by Arts for OHIO.


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The Lady Vanishes exhibits Director Alfred Hitchcock, England's portly master of melodrama, at the top of his form.

TIME Magazine