MY LOVE AFFAIR with the BRAIN: The life and science of Dr. Marian Diamond

Her 4 yr old Brain looking at another BrainHow can you not fall in love with a woman who carries around a preserved human brain inside a giant flowery hat box? Meet Dr. Marian Diamond, renowned academic and research scientist, and prepare to be smitten.

Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg’s film follows this remarkable woman over a 5-year period and introduces the viewer to both her many scientific accomplishments and the warm, funny, and thoroughly charming woman herself, who describes her 60-year career researching the human brain as “pure joy.”

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As one of the founders of modern neuroscience, it’s no exaggeration to say that Dr. Diamond changed science, and society at large in dramatic ways over the course of her career. Her groundbreaking work is all the more remarkable because it began during an era when so few women entered science at all. Shouted at from the back of the conference hall by noteworthy male academics as she presented her research, and disparaged in the scientific journals of a more conservative era, Dr. Diamond simply did the work and followed where her curiosity led her, bringing about a paradigm shift (or two) in the process.

As she points out, in order to get to the answers that matter, you have to start by asking the right questions.

My Love Affair with the Brain: Dr Marian Diamond

Want a better brain?
Want a better brain and be thoroughly entertained?
Welcome to the story of Dr. Marian Diamond and her passion for the human brain.

Mayim Bialik, narrator, My Love Affair with the BrainNARRATED BY MAYIM BIALIK     

TV-star of BIG BANG THEORY (playing Amy Fowler) and BLOSSOM (playing Blossom), she not only plays a neuroscientist on TV, but is one in real life!  She received her PhD from UCLA and even studied with Dr. Diamond’s husband, Dr. Arne Scheibel.


WINNER – Best in Festival – Audience Award  RiverRun International Film Festival, Winston-Salem, NC
140 films screened, over 16,000 voting viewers … and one ‘Best in Festival’
WINNER – Best Feature Film in Festival – American Psychological Association film festival
WINNER – Best Documentary – Indigo Moon film festival, Fayetteville, N.C.
WINNER – Audience Favorite Award
– Mill Valley Film Festival, CA
WINNER – Best Documentary – High Falls Film Festival, NY
WINNER – Best Documentary – Audience Award – Durango Film Festival, CO

WORLD PREMIERE – CLOSING NIGHT SPECIAL EVENT -American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting



My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond
Enrichment, plasticity – capabilities of the brain we now take for granted – were the scientific battleground where Dr. Marian Diamond decisively challenged the old view and changed forever our paradigm for understanding the brain … and all our lives as well.  What she revealed about the brain allows us to get the most out of our brain, not just as children but for our entire lives.

Her YouTube lecture series has over 1.7 million views.

She published the first-ever scientific analysis of the most famous brain ever, Albert Einstein.

She is a beloved professor, worthy role model especially for women and girls in science, and all round brain-whisperer.

The documentary is part biography, part scientific adventure story, part inspirational tale – filmed over 5 years – centering on the brain, the delights of scientific curiosity and the possibilities of a life in science.



” … utterly charming, inspiring documentary …”
“… delightful …”
” … utterly fascinating …”

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“… a must see for every student, teacher, parent, community member, and higher education teacher prep program!”
PEGGY BROOKINS, President and CEO, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

“Marian Diamond is to the brain like Julia Childs is to French cooking. Celebrated, beloved, one of the most popular teachers in the world brings you her passion about the brain. The film is a personal story about the thrill of discovery and drive of curiosity. A brain owners manual…”
MARILYN BANCEL, Exploratorium Science Museum, Director of Development, (retired)

Albert Einstein and Marian Diamond

Science has a soul, an intangible passion of the human spirit driven by wonder and delight in discovery of nature’s beauty and intricate mysteries. My Love Affair with the Brain reveals the soul of science through the remarkable life of Marian Diamond. Her passion to explore the brain, her keen insights into how it responds to our experiences, and her drive to share her enchantment and discoveries with a new generation shines in this inspirational documentary.”
R. DOUGLAS FIELDS, Neuroscientist and Author of The Other Brain, and Why We Snap

“Marian Diamond has made two major contributions to Neural Science that have stood the test of time. First, she has documented the dramatic consequences on brain development of an impoverished environment compared to an enriched one. Second, she has developed a new way of teaching students about the anatomy of the brain that is both highly original and very exciting. Bravo!”
ERIC R. KANDEL M.D. Nobel Prize Recipient, Professor, Departments of Neuroscience, Psychiatry, Biochemistry& Molecular Biophysics, Physiology & Cellular Biophysics, Columbia University

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 funded in part by the Berkeley Film Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation
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