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

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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.

Before the film, Wendy Suzuki, Ph.D., Professor of Neural Science and psychology at New York University, will speak on the effects of exercise on the brain. The film’s co-director Catherine Ryan will field Q&A after the film via Skype.

About Science on Screen®

An initiative of the COOLIDGE CORNER THEATRE
With major support from the ALFRED P. SLOAN FOUNDATION

Coolidge Corner Theatre started Science on Screen in 2005 with funding from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The program went national in 2011. Real Art Ways was one of the eight original theaters chosen nationally to receive funding to curate our own series.

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About the Speaker
Wendy Suzuki, Ph.D. is a Professor of Neural Science and psychology at New York University. She received her undergraduate degree from U.C. Berkeley and her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from U.C. San Diego. She completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health before starting her faculty position in the Center for Neural Science at New York University in 1998.

Wendy is a recipient of numerous grants and awards for her research including the Lindsley Prize from the Society for Neuroscience, the prestigious Troland Research award from the National Academy of Sciences and NYU’s Golden Dozen Teaching award.

Her research has focused on understanding the patterns of brain activity underlying long-term memory and understanding how aerobic exercise affects mood, learning, memory and cognitive abilities.

Her first book “Healthy Brain Happy Life” came out in paperback in March of 2016 and is an international bestseller.