Enriching Heredity: The Impact Of The Environment On The Anatomy Of The Brain by Marian Diamond
Integrative Biology 131 - Lecture 29: Forebrain
Critically acclaimed, extensively tested for educational use from 5th grade thru Nobel Prize winners, this film is an intimate and inspirational portrait of one of the founders of modern neuroscience. We learn of her groundbreaking scientific accomplishments, all the more remarkable because she began during an era when so few women entered science at all. It is no exaggeration to say that Dr. Diamond changed science, and society at large in dramatic ways over the course of her career. Even just watching the film has changed lives — students, teachers, children, parents, seniors, each in their own way.
Marian Cleeves Diamond with a preserved human brain. Elena Zhukova photos Marian Cleeves Diamond, one of the founders of modern neuroscience who was the first to show that the brain can change with experience and improve with enrichment, and who discovered evidence of this in the brain of Albert Einstein, died July 25 at the age of 90 at her home in Oakland. Her main claim to fame, however, came from work on rats, in which she showed that an enriched environment — toys and companions — changed the anatomy of the brain. The implication was that the brains of all animals, including humans, benefit from an enriched environment, and that impoverished environments can lower the capacity to learn. Diamond was awed that a small, three-pound mass of protoplasm like the brain was the most complex structure known to humankind.
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Marian C. She was Diamond was an instructor at Cornell University in the late s when she read a paper in Science magazine showing that rats who navigated mazes quickly had a different brain chemistry than slower rats.
She and her team were the first to publish evidence that the brain can change with experience and improve with enrichment, what is now called neuroplasticity. Other published research explored differences between the cerebral cortex of male and female rats, the link between positive thinking and immune health, and the role of women in science. Marian Cleeves was born in Glendale, California to Dr. Diamond grew up in La Crescenta. She played tennis at Berkeley, earning a letter. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in , Diamond spent a summer at the University of Oslo , Norway before returning to Berkeley for her graduate studies, the first female graduate student in the department of anatomy. During obtaining her PhD degree, Diamond also began to teach, a passion that continued well into her eighties.
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