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James Intriligator

Professor of the Practice
Mechanical Engineering

James Intriligator

James Intriligator

Professor of the Practice
Mechanical Engineering

Phone 617-627-2071
177 College Avenue, Room 101
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.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
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)

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