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James Intriligator

Professor of the Practice
Mechanical Engineering

James Intriligator

Professor of the Practice
Mechanical Engineering

Phone 617-627-2071
Robinson Hall, Room 152
200 College Avenue, Medford, MA
human factors, design thinking, marketing, perception, entrepreneurial education

James Intriligator earned his Ph.D. in cognitive neuroscience from Harvard University in 1997. After a postdoc in neurology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, he left academia for five years and worked in venture capital and high-tech consulting firms as an offerings designer and innovation catalyst. In 2003, he merged his business experience with his scientific expertise and went to Bangor University (Wales, UK) as a pioneer in the field of consumer psychology. In his 13 years at Bangor, Intriligator created Europe's leading consumer psychology master's programs and co-developed several multidisciplinary design programs.

Ph.D., Cognitive Neuroscience - Perception and Cognition, Harvard University, 1997
M.A., Perceptual and Cognitive Psychology, Harvard University, 1992
B.A., Psychology and Philosophy, University of California-San Diego, 1990
Professional Experience: 

Professor of the Practice, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Tufts School of Engineering


Bangor University

  • 2013-2016: Professor, Innovation and Consumer Psychology
  • 2012-2016: Director of Commercialization, Psychology
  • 2002-2013: Senior Lecturer, Psychology

Director, Attention Retraining Technologies


Head of Strategic Insights, Idealab!


Research Associate, Neurology, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center


Consultant, Carmel Research Center

Research Interests: 

James Intriligator's research interests include design thinking and motivation, marketing, branding/packaging, consumer perceptions and experience, perception, cognition, attention, emotion, and entrepreneurialism.  Within the field of Human Factors Engineering, Professor Intriligator is interested in human-machine system design, biomechanics, automation, machine-learning, intelligent systems, multidimensional task analysis, exoskeletons, data-visualization/manipulation, and emotional design.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
2019: Shortlisted for Professor of the Year, Tufts University
2019: Nominated for a Distinction Award, Tufts University
2018: Tufts Teaching with Technology Award
2017: Honorary Chair in the School of Psychology, Bangor University
2016: Admitted to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
2015: Elected Member, Committee for the Academy of National Teaching Fellows
2015: Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching (CELT) Associate Award
2014: HEA National Teaching Fellow
2012: Equality and Liberation Champion, National Union of Students
2009-2012: Academic Champion for Enterprise, Bangor University
1994: Bok Center Teaching Award, Harvard University
1992: Fellow, McDonnell Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience
1991-1994: Graduate Fellowship, National Science Foundation
Professional Memberships: 
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Vision Sciences Society
Association of National Teaching Fellows (UK)