Erika Borella is associate professor at the Department of General Psychology, University of Padova. She is responsible for the University’s Psychology of Aging and Longevity Service, and she directs the Second-Level Short Specialization degree course in the Psychology of Aging and Longevity, and the Postgraduate Specialization degree course on Health Psychology. Her research interests focus on typical and pathological aging, and particularly on age-related differences in basic cognition mechanisms (working memory, inhibitory processes), and on complex aspects of cognition related to everyday functioning.
She has a special interest in cognitive training programs for typically-aging older adults, and in cognitive stimulation therapy for people with dementia, examining their short- and long-term efficacy and the role of people’s individual characteristics. She is also studying the influence of psychological aspects (loneliness) on the cognitive and emotional functioning of older adults with and without dementia.