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My Love Affair with the Brain


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Grade Level: JrH-Adult
Producer: Bullfrog Films
Closed Captioned: Yes
Running Time: 57 mins
Country of Origin: United States
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2017
Available in French: No

Meet Dr. Marian Diamond as she pulls a human brain out of a hatbox and lovingly enumerates its astonishing qualities. MY LOVE AFFAIR WITH THE BRAIN 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, Dr. Diamond challenged orthodoxy and changed our understanding of the brain--its plasticity, its response to enrichment and to experiences that shape both development and aging. 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, Dr. Diamond simply did the work and followed where her curiosity led her, bringing about a paradigm shift 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 provides an excellent introduction to the brain, to science and the scientific method itself, to the essence of teaching and education, and to the pleasures of a life well lived in science. 

"This movie is fantastic and tells one of the most inspiring stories in modern neuroscience. It presents such a good message of a woman in a man's field plowing her own way. I would love for all kids to watch it...So inspiring, such a moving story, and what a fabulous way to tell it!"
 - Daniela Kauker, Associate Professor of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley
 
DVD Features
DVD includes SDH captions for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, and scene selection

Awards:
Audience Award for Best of Fest, RiverRun International Film Festival
Best Feature Film, American Psychological Association Film Festival
Audience Favorite Award, Mill Valley Film Festival
Audience Award, Best Documentary, Durango Film Festival
Best Documentary, Indigo Moon Film Festival
Best of the Fest, High Falls Film Festival
World Premiere, AAAS Annual Meeting

Screened at:

Doxa Documentary Film Festival
Rhode Island International Film Festival
Salt Spring Film Festival
Sebastopol Documentary Film Festival
La Femme International Film Festival
Experimental Biology


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