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


Her 4 yr old Brain looking at another Brain

Meet Dr. Marian Diamond …

… and prepare to be smitten.  How can you help but fall in love with a gracious 86-year-old woman who carries a human brain around inside a floral-decorated hat box?
This award-winning documentary follows this remarkable scientist and educator for over 5-years and introduces the viewer to 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.”

WINNER – BEST SCIENCE FILM OF 2017  – Kavli-AAAS Science Journalism 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 in scientific conferences by noteworthy academics as she presented her research, 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?
Tune in … and learn!

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.

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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)

The brain is a three pound mass you can hold in your hand that can conceive of a universe a hundred billion light-years across.”          Marian Diamond  

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 4.5 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.



  • “Bravo!”                  Eric Kandel M.D.  Nobel Prize Winner
  • Recommended”   Video Librarian
  • Listed in “Best Films and Books of 2017,”  Science Books and Films
  • “Any library would be well served to have this in their collection.”  Susan Koskinen, Head, Life & Health Sciences Library, U.C. Berkeley
  • “… part biography, part scientific adventure story, and part inspirational tale about one of the founders of modern neuroscience,”           Scientific American 
  • “A feel good firsthand account of the neuroscience icon’s life and work”     Science Magazine
  • “Marian Diamond’s love for the brain is infectious … remarkable … entertaining.”     SF Examiner
  • “one of the tweedy celebrities of cyberspace”     New York Times
  • “… a must see for every student, teacher, parent, community member, and higher education teacher prep program!”     Peggy Brooking,  President and CEO, National Board for Professional Teaching Standards 
  • “Brilliant, buoyant, enlightening and beautiful film.”          Joyce Carol Oates, Author
  • “… a joy filled film”     San Francisco Chronicle
  • “… delightful …”  Mercury News
  • ” … utterly fascinating … Diamond is a rock star …”     The Georgia Straight, Vancouver, Canada
  • “…the film succeeds marvelously … As gerontologists, we owe a debt of gratitude to Marian Diamond”     The Gerontologist
  • “delightful          Winston-Salem Journal
  • “Not only a wonderful film about an amazing scientist but also about an extraordinary teacher.  Linda Jensen,     Teacher Education, Dept of Applied Linguistics, UCLA. 
  • “Reveals the soul of science through the remarkable life of Marian Diamond.”          Doug Fields, Neuroscientist, Author
  • ” … utterly charming, inspiring documentary…”The Stark Insider
  • “… a thrilling and inspiring film about one of the great teachers and pioneers of neuroscience”     Charles G. Gross, Professor Emeritus, Princeton
  • “This film, like Marian Diamond herself, is an inspiration.”   Bob Jacobs,  Professor of Neuroscience, Colorado College
  • “Marian Diamond is to the brain like Julia Childs is to French cooking.” Marilyn Bancel, Exploratorium Science Museum
  • “Dr. Diamond achieved every success with steely determination behind astonishing positivity, warmth, and magnetism. Watch this to learn about an amazing woman, a brilliant scientist, a fascinating branch of scientific research, and about the core element that fuels great achievement in all endeavors: love.”  Mill Valley Film Festival 
  • If you haven’t seen it, move heaven and earth to find it. It’s not just that she was a great scientist, but that her absolute passion to know more about the human brain became a key to a life exceptionally well lived. David Wiegand, Film Reviewer
  • This is a must-see film for every Anatomist and every budding anatomist!   Dr. Marian Diamond is an enduring role model for scientists and educators. Watch her as she boldly questions scientific dogma, unequivocally trusts her data, and proffers explanations that generate previously undiscovered connections. As an impassioned educator, Dr. Diamond makes the team’s discoveries understandable, accessible, exciting and impactful for both the lay public and Nobel laureates.  Watch this inspirational film! Share it with your students! This engaging and important film provides the best arguments ever for basic science, team science and scientific integrity, and illustrates the impact of passionately communicating your science and supporting scientific discovery for the good of humanity.”     Dr Kimberly Topp, American Association of Anatomy President 2015-2017






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 funded in part by the Berkeley Film Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation
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8 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 […]

  2. Desgraciadamente, esta gran mujer falleció el 25 de julio de 2017 a los 90 años. Llevaba solamente tres años retirada de la docencia y la investigación. Pero al menos tenemos la suerte de poder disfrutar de su trabajo de investigación, sus clases y su ejemplo, que está recogido en el documental “My love affair with the brain: The life and science of Dr. Marian Diamond”.

    Unfortunately, this great woman died on July 25, 2017 at 90 years old. She had been only three years removed from teaching and research. But at least we are lucky enough to be able to enjoy her research work, her classes and her example, all of which is gathered in the documentary “My love affair with the brain: The life and science of Dr. Marian Diamond”.

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