Barbara Ferry

Claude Bernard University Lyon 1France

Dr. Barbara Ferry is a senior researcher at the National Center of Scientific Research CNRS, France. After obtaining her Ph.D. in Neuroscience at Louis Pasteur University, Strasbourg, France, in 1997, she joined the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory, in Irvine, California for her post-doctoral studies, from 1997 to 2000. During this time, she studied the role of the α- and β-noradrenergic systems in the basolateral amygdala in the consolidation processes of inhibitory avoidance learning in the rat. In 2000, she obtained a post in the CNRS (France) and joined the UMR 7521 unit, where she studied the role of the lateral entorhinal cortex and basolateral amygdala in the modulation of the olfactory memory trace during conditioned aversion learning in the rat, from 2000 to 2006. Then, she joined the UMR 5292 (Lyon, France) and focused her work on identifying the behavioral, pharmacological and molecular mechanisms that control olfactory memory formation during associative learning in the rat, with a particular emphasis on the basolateral amygdala. Recently, the expertise in the olfactory area she acquired during her career enabled her to develop a new research project to determine the processes underlying human scent identification by police dogs, through a worldwide collaboration.

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Among the components of the limbic system, the amygdala is a fascinating structure that is involved in the processes of liking and disliking and in the ways our emotions drive our actions and affect the strength of our memories. Combined with new conceptual breakthroughs, the very latest data obtained by leading world experts in amygdala function that are reviewed in this book have helped to understand how the amygdala contribute to these processes and also to a variety of neurological and neuropsychiatric pathologies. Of course, due to the rate of research advancement, all the chapters presented here correspond to precise questions addressed by experts using highly specific techniques. Therefore, each chapter should be viewed as pieces of a puzzle that represent all the different research areas that have to be taken into consideration in discussing the role of the amygdala in emotion and memory. Although the primary goal of this book is to inform experts and newcomers of some of the latest data in the field of brain structures involved in mechanisms underlying emotional learning and memory, we hope it will also help to stimulate discussion on the functional role of the amygdala and connected brain structures in these mechanisms.

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