Sarah Garfinkel

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Sarah Garfinkel
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Alma materUniversity of Sussex
Scientific career
FieldsNeuroscience, Psychiatry

Sarah Garfinkel is a British neuroscientist and Professor of neuroscience and psychiatry based at the University of Sussex and the Brighton and Sussex Medical School. Her research is focused on the link interoception and emotion and memory.[1] In 2018, she was selected as one of 11 researchers on the Nature Index 2018 Rising Stars.[2][3]


Garfinkel was born at University College Hospital in London.[4] She completed her PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University of Sussex in 2006, working on the effects of alcohol consumption on memory encoding.[5] She did a postdoc at the University of Michigan studying the memory recall in veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).[3] In 2011 she joined the Brighton and Sussex Medical School as a postdoctoral fellow with Hugo Critchley,[6] where she now runs her own lab.


Garfinkel's research focuses on interoception, the ability to sense ones own body, and the link between interoception and the brain.[7] She specifically focuses on the heartbeat, and has shown that the heartbeat, and perception thereof, influences the way people process fear.[8] Her research has furthermore shown that autistic people experience difficulty judging their heartbeat, causing anxiety and stress.[3][9] This research has led to the development of a new therapy technique called interoception-directed therapy, which aims to reduce anxiety in autistic individuals.[10]


Garfinkel has been involved in number of radio and TV shows.[11] She was a guest on 'All in the Mind' and 'The Shock'.[12][13] She also gave a talk at TEDxBrighton in 2017.[14] In 2018 she was featured in a short film by the BBC, where she talked about her research on interoception and autism.[1]


  1. ^ a b Hogenboom, Melissa. "How our heartbeat shapes our thinking". Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  2. ^ "Neuroscientist named as global rising star by top academic publisher". Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  3. ^ a b c Armitage, Bourzac, Dolgin, Mallapaty (19 September 2018). "The world at their feet". Nature Index. Retrieved 31 December 2018.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ "Interview with Sarah Garfinkel". Times Higher Education (THE). 2019-08-15. Retrieved 2019-08-15.
  5. ^ Garfinkel, Sarah N. (2005-12-22). Modulating false and veridical memory: the effects of repetition and alcohol at encoding (doctoral thesis). University of Sussex.
  6. ^ "'It's an intriguing world that is opening up' | The Psychologist". Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  7. ^ Grove, One (2017-06-10). "What the Heart Knows- how the body regulates the mind". ONE GROVE - Cheltenham Pilates Physio & Yoga. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  8. ^ "How our bodies interact with our minds in response to fear and other emotions". ScienceDaily. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  9. ^ "Breaking the link between autism and anxiety". MQ: Transforming Mental Health. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  10. ^ correspondent, Hannah Devlin Science (2018-12-14). "Autistic people listen to their hearts to test anti-anxiety therapy". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  11. ^ " : Heart and minds: The hidden impacts on emotion and memory". Retrieved 2018-12-31.
  12. ^ Hammond, Claudia (21 November 2018). All in the Mind (Radio).
  13. ^ Rogers, Jude (24 April 2017). The Shock (Radio).
  14. ^ "TEDxBrighton | TED". Retrieved 2018-12-31.

External links[edit]

Sarah Garfinkel on Twitter