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

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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.”

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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11 Responses to “MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE BRAIN: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond”


  1. Dear Dr. Marian Diamond,

    I just had an email conversation with Kimi (nee Kawashiri) Hill, the granddaughter of Chiura Obata. I learned that you and my father Gordon Wong, knew each other through your studies of sumie with Professor Obata. She intimated that I also knew you because I also studied with Obata. But I think I just met you at one or two of the New Year’s parties that they used to have.

    I am contacting you because Kimi pointed out your neuroscientific work to me. I am an artist working in the nexus of art and neuroscience. I was introduced to neuroscience by my husband Dr. Seth Horowitz who is interested in how the brain processes sound and is the author of “The Universal Sense: How Sound Shapes the Mind.” With my work I have created an EEG triggered sculpture and drawing machine as well as paintings based on Alzheimer’s research. I thought you would enjoy seeing them: .

    And, you would appreciate the fact that through my Art Residency at the Norman Prince Neurosciences Institute in Rhode Island, I am first author on the paper “3D Printing of Beta-Amyloid Protein Deposits Along Capillary Walls” published in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: Diagnosis, Assessment & Disease Monitoring.

    I no longer practice sumie, but it taught me the importance of being prepared before you take action because some marks that cannot be erased 🙂

    I look forward to reading more about you and your work.

    Sincerely yours,
    China Blue (aka Maureen) Wong

    • Thank you so much for your comment. I will forward it directly onto Dr. Diamond, i’m sure she will enjoy it. We filmed her talkingabout Professor Obata and studying sumie with him. To my regret that scene is on the cutting room floor, couldn’t find a way to integrate it into the film. Of course, Dr. Diamond had no problem integrating it into her actual life! Thanks for writing.

  2. I’m and Art teacher, but I love Marian Diamond’s style, I also appreciate the insight of the brain, I plan to research more about her. I plan to share her great wisdom to others.

  3. Thanks to this marvelous documentary, I met my idol.

    I have been exploring neuroplasticity as it pertains to mental health (as a layperson), so learning about Dr. Diamond’s story was extraordinary. I was so inspired by her, I cried. (Don’t judge.)

    What an amazing woman, and what a fantastic piece. I can’t wait to share it with others when I launch my website. Thanks for the awesome work!

  4. Excellent documentary featuring one of the all time great neuroscientists, Dr Marion Diamond, PhD. Reading her work as an undergraduate inspired me to become a neuroscientist. Later, meeting her and attending her lectures at Berkeley would greatly enhance my education in many ways.

  5. Hope to see you there


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