My Love Affair With The Brain

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Dr. Wendy Suzuki

Professor of Neural Science and Psychology, New York University

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

A discussion of the effects of exercise on the brain, followed by a Skype Q&A with the film's co-director Catherine Ryan. Part of the 2017 National Evening of Science on Screen.

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Film Synopsis

The story of a woman whose paradigm-changing research helped launch modern neuroscience and redefined our understanding of the brain.

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.

About the Speaker

Dr. Wendy Suzuki is a professor of neural science and psychology at New York University. She received her undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and her PhD in neuroscience from UC San Diego. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the National Institutes of Health before starting her faculty position in the Center for Neural Science at New York University in 1998. Dr. Suzuki 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.