My Love Affair with the Brain

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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 Psychological 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


My Love Affair with the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond

Maybe it is the Marian Diamond Effect.
Maybe it is our human curiosity about our brains.
Or maybe it is the fact-based good news of Dr. Diamonds research.

Happy endings are fine, but scientifically demonstrated good news – about us, about our brains and how they are capable of growth for our entire lifetime – now that is a happy ending that endures.

What a wonderful outcome for a documentary film.  What a pleasure to share with you now.


(courtesy of          “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.”

ANOTHER DESCRIPTION (courtesy of Mill Valley Film Festival):

“Meet Dr. Marian Diamond as she pulls a human brain out of a hatbox and lovingly enumerates its astonishing qualities. A mad scientist? Quite the opposite. In this energetic documentary, Dr. Diamond is revealed as one of the great minds—one of the founders, in fact—of modern neuroscience. If her name isn’t yet as familiar as that of Marie Curie, it will be: Dr. Diamond’s unprecedented work includes theorizing and proving previously unimagined brain capabilities, analyzing Albert Einstein’s preserved brain, and building a scientific and academic career that broke barriers for women in science. Much like the old adage about Ginger Rogers doing it all backwards and in heels, 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.”


” … 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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If you are looking for info and a trailer about this film, please click here.

For reviews of the film festival version, click here.

For links to writing by Dr Diamond, click here.


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.

     Let us know what you think.

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