Elena Festa

(401) 863-3935
Office Location: 
Metcalf 339
Research Focus: 
Neuropsychology of perception, attention and memory in healthy aging and Alzheimer’s disease

Elena Festa is a cognitive neuroscientist with research interests in perception, attention and memory in both neurologically-intact individuals and patients with neurocognitive disorders. Dr. Festa received her B.A. in psychology from the College of the Holy Cross in 1992, and her Ph.D. in experimental psychology with emphasis in visual psychophysics from Brown University in 1998. She then completed postdoctoral training in cognitive neuropsychology at Brown University.

Research Interests:

My current research focuses on understanding the differential effects of healthy aging and Alzheimer's disease on sensory integration, attention and memory using both behavioral and electrophysiological (EEG) methodological approaches. I am particularly interested in how these data inform neural models of normal cognitive function. As part of several grant projects, I have also been examining the efficacy of neurofeedback training in improving affective and cognitive functioning in aging and dementia, and investigating the relationship of cognitive impairments and driving performance in elderly adults. The findings from these projects may ultimately lead to the development of novel diagnostic markers and therapeutic tools for the early-detection and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease.