Through her fiction, Lisa Genova beckons us into the lives of people with neurological disease, making their worlds real and relatable.

Why you should listen

Lisa Genova wields her ability to tell a story and her knowledge of the human brain to discuss medical conditions like Alzheimer's in warmly human terms. Her writing, often focusing on those who are misunderstood, explores the lives of people living with neurological diseases and disorders. A bestselling author, her work has been transformed into an Oscar-winning film, Still Alice, but the real triumph is Genova's ability to help us empathize with a person's journey we otherwise couldn't even begin to understand. Her newest book, Remember: The Science of Memory and the Art of Forgetting, is nonfiction and explores how we remember, why we forget and what we can do to improve and protect our memories.

What others say

“If you want to understand how memories are formed, appreciate the difference between normal age-related memory lapses and Alzheimer's or learn how to improve your memory and reduce the risk of developing dementia, then this is the book for you.” — National Review

Lisa Genova’s TED talks

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Live from TED2018

Short talks, big energy: Notes from TED Unplugged at TED2018

April 11, 2018

“This is a little different than the mainstage at TED, in a sense that this is a little more relaxed,” says our host, the poet and TED speaker Clint Smith. “These are speakers who have not been selected specifically for the mainstage, but they’re just as talented, just as brilliant, and just as important.” A […]

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Live from TED2017

Mind and meaning: The talks of Session 5 of TED2017

April 26, 2017

How can we better understand the world within and around us? In the thought-provoking fifth session of TED2017, hosted by TED’s Editorial Director, Helen Walters, talks about neuroscience, philosophy, cognitive science — and a special experiment in behavioral science — explored issues like filter bubbles, Alzheimer’s and the very essence of existence. Below, recaps of […]

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