MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE BRAIN: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond (sample)

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Her 4 yr old Brain looking at another BrainWINNER – Best in Festival – Audience Award
RiverRun International
Film Festival, Winston-Salem, NC
140 films screened, 1500 films submitted, 16,000 voting audience … and one ‘Best in Festival’
WINNER – Best Feature Film in Festival – American Psychologist Association film festival
WINNER – Best Documentary – Indigo Moon film festival, Fayetteville, N.C.
WINNER – Audience Favorite Award
– Mill Valley Film Festival
WINNER – Best Documentary – High Falls Film Festival
-American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting

How 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.”

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.

Welcome to the story of Dr. Marian Diamond and her passion for the human brain. 

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 almost 2 million hits.

She did 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.  It will be launched on TV, on the web and with a public-engagement-in-science educational campaign centering on the brain, the delights of scientific curiosity and the possibilities of a life in science.

Produced and released in collaboration with AAAS (the American Association for the Advancement of Science) and Scientific American Magazine.



” … 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)

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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We hope to engage with you, and audiences everywhere, around

  • the brain,
  • curiosity, the natural human desire to know more,
  • about science,
  • about a lifetime in science, its joys and tribulations,
  • about women and girls in science,
  • and certainly … around Dr. Marian Diamond herself, her teaching, her research, and lifelong career of celebrating curiosity.


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 funded in part by the Berkeley Film Foundation and the San Francisco Foundation
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6 Responses to “MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE BRAIN: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond (sample)”


  1. Hope to see you there


  1. […] For Ada Lovelace Day this year, I want to share my appreciation for Dr. Marian C. Diamond. In years past, I’ve saluted women in the field of computing, which is my field as well. Dr. Diamond, however, is a biologist. Her research includes “neuroanatomy, environment, immune functions, and hormones. In particular, she is interested in studying the effects of the external environment, aging, and immune responses on the cerebral neocortex.” She has, in her words, had a love affair with the brain for about 70 years. […]

  2. […] Directed and Produced by Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg of Luna Productions. […]

  3. […] February 14, 2016 Dr. Dorhoi is attending the AAAS documentary viewing “My love affair with the brain” at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, Diplomat Ballroom, Washington […]

  4. […] 89, Diamond is the subject of a new one-hour documentary, My Love Affair with the Brain: the Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond, that will get its local premiere Saturday, Feb. 27, at 1 p.m. in the new Berkeley Art Museum and […]

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