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

About   My Love Affair with the Brain 

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.”

BEST In-depth SCIENCE FILM OF 2017  – Kavli AAAS Gold Award

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.



To purchase DVDs of this program, click here.


Kavli Science Journalism Gold Prize
BEST Science Books & Films of 2017, AAAS
(American Association for the Advancement of Science)
BEST Educational Film, ParisScience International Scientific Film Festival, ADAV Award
BEST in Festival – Audience Award  RiverRun Film Fest 
BEST Film in Festival – American Psychological Assoc.
BEST Documentary – Indigo Moon Film Festival
Audience FAVORITE Award – Mill Valley Film Fest, CA
BEST Documentary – High Falls Film Festival, NY
BEST Documentary – Audience Award – Durango Film Festival, CO.
WORLD PREMIERE – Closing Night SPECIAL EVENT – American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting, (world’s largest general interest science organization)


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 …”

for more reviews click here


“… 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

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, Neuroscientist, Columbia University

for more quotes click here and scroll down


More links:


 funded in part by the Berkeley Film Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation
BFF logo 300 dpiSan Francisco foundatoin Logo_webr_RGB-300x300

Two Thirds Column
Third Column

test, add logos?

7 Responses to “MY LOVE AFFAIR with the BRAIN: The life and science of Dr. Marian Diamond”


  1. Elizabeth Yost says:

    Please help me find the Diamond documentary airing in San Luis Obispo, CA. I have cable.

    Thank you

  2. Janet Bright says:

    I am writing to you about Dr. Marian Diamond.
    I feel like I lost my best friend and mentor. But, what an inspiration!
    Please inform me if there is any future events or scholarships related to Dr. Diamond as I have known her since 1977. I can’t speak highly enough about her. Since her passing I’ve enjoyed reading things online and wish there were more about her challenges as a female scientist to inspire others, and especially women. It’s never too late to learn as she taught, so it’s not too late for more people to learn what she has to teach us. Not just about the brain, but diet and exercise and ongoing learning and the importance of touch. No man would have had the insights that she had. She deserves more recognition for the benefit of all of us.
    Thank you for your participation in her life, and sharing her with us, the public. It is a blessing we have these images and her voice teaching us through your work.
    I will ask my Tibetan Buddhist lamas to say prayers for her transition and high rebirth due to her excellent karma.

    Janet Bright

  3. Dodi Kelleher says:

    I became a better teacher, professional and person having had the honor of being her student in the late 70s at Cal. She remains a role model. Thank you, Dr. Diamond.

    (originally posted on Dr. Diamond’s Facebook page, August 4 at 2:24 pm)

  4. Stacey Fortson says:

    What a remarkable woman. There really are not words that can begin to praise her. Those of you lucky enough to have been personally taught by her, please continue her work. Those of you who produced her documentary, thank you for introducing at least me to Dr Diamond.

    (originally posted on Dr. Diamond’s Facebook page, July 29, 3:37pm)

  5. Vijay Chowdhury says:

    You have left an incredible legacy behind you. There isn’t a day in my life when your assurance, paves my days whether learning a new task or dealing with difficult people. Just realized that my biological mother was your age just a year younger . RIP my mentor,my teacher ,my mom. I am so glad to have seen and hugged you in person in Berkeley .

    (originally posted on Dr. Diamond’s Facebook page, July 28 at 10:16 pm)


  1. […] in the field of neural plasticity. Tracing the highlights of her groundbreaking 60-year career, My Love Affair with the Brain offers viewers a feel-good, firsthand account of the neuroscience icon’s life and […]

Speak Your Mind