Susan J Sara is the head of Laboratory of Physiology of Perception and Action, CNRS-Collegede France, Paris, France.
After obtaining a degree in Physiological Psychology from Sarah Lawrence College (New York), she studied Phenomenological Psychology and Neurosciences at the University of Louvain (Belgium), obtaining a Ph.D. in 1976. This was followed by post-doctoral work at Oxford University with the late Professor J. Gray and New York University Medical School (Dept of Neurology).
Recruited by the CNRS in 1981, her research addresses the question of how attention, motivation and emotion are mediated in the nervous system to influence short and long term memory processes. Focus is on neuromodulatory systems, especially noradrenaline, using a multidisciplinary approach – single unit recording in behaving rats, pharmacology and immunocytochemistry, always in close conjunction with behavioural analysis. The temporal dynamics of long term memory consolidation, retrieval and reconsolidation has been an important part of this work over the years.
She is Associate Editor for Sleep and Chronobiology Frontiers in Neurology and Frontiers in Psychiatry and Guest Associate Editor for Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience