Marian C. Diamond

Professor Emerita

Research Description

Presently we are interested in learning about the various factors which influence some mammalian forebrain structures and functions, especially the cerebral neocortex, including effects of enriched and impoverished experiential environments, aging, and immune responses. Enrichment in Action in a Cambodian orphanage is my most recent research project. 

Selected Publications

Mohammed, A.H., S.W. Zhu, S. Darmopil, J. Hjerling-Leffler, P. Ernfors, B.K. Winblad, M.C. Diamond, P.S. Eriksson, and N. Bogdanovic. 2002. Environmental enrichment and the brain. Progress in Brain Research 138:109-133.

Diamond, M.C., J. Weidner, P. Schow, S. Grell, and M. Everett. 2001. Mental stimulation increases circulating CD4-positive T lymphocytes: a preliminary study. Cognitive Brain Research 12:329-331.

Diamond, M.C. 2001. Enrichment, response of the brain. Encyclopedia of Neuroscience, 3rd edition, Elsevier Science.

Diamond, M.C. 2001. Response of the brain to enrichment. Annals of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, Vol 73 (2).

Gaufo, G.O., and M.C. Diamond. 1997. Thymus graft reverses morphological deficits in dorsolateral frontal cortex of congenitally athymic nude mice. Brain Res. 756:191-199.

Gaufo, G.O., and M.C. Diamond. 1996. Prolactin increases CD4/CD8 cell ratio in thymus-grafted congenitally athymic nude mouse. Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA 93:4165-4169.

Lewis, D.W., and M.C. Diamond. 1995. The influences of gonadal steroids on the asymmetry of the cerebral cortex. In Brain Asymmetry, ed. E.R.J. Davidson and K. Hugdahl, 31-50. Cambridge, MA: M.I.T. Press.

Diamond, M.C. 1993. An optimistic view of aging. Generations (special issue on mental health) 17:31-33.

Diamond, M.C. 1993. Hearts, brains, and education: A new alliance for science curriculum. In Higher Learning in America, 1980-2000, ed. A. Levine, 273-283. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press.