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Engineering Design Centre

Dr Maria Adriana Neroni


Dr Maria Adriana Neroni

Dr Maria Adriana Neroni

Research Associate

Research group: Design Practice Group
Telephone: +44 1223 748568

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  • PhD in Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience, Suor Orsola Benincasa University (Italy) and the University of Edinburgh (UK)
  • Master's Degree in Pedadogy, Suor Orsola Benincasa University (Italy)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Educational Sciences, Suor Orsola Benincasa University (Italy)

Maria Adriana Neroni is a Research Associate at the Engineering Design Centre.  After obtaining a PhD in Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience within a bilateral programme involving the Suor Orsola Benincasa University (Naples, Italy) and the University of Edinburgh (UK), she moved to the University of Cambridge to collaborate with the Department of Psychology as a Visiting Researcher. Most of her research focuses on investigating future thinking, imagination and planning abilities in adults, both healthy subjects and neuropsychological patients. As a Research Associate with the IdEAS project, she is currently working to design novel experimental paradigms to investigate creativity in engineering design.

Selected Publications

  1. Neroni, M. A., & Crilly, N. (2019). Whose ideas are most fixating, your own or other people's? The effect of idea agency on subsequent design behaviour. Design Studies60, 180-212.
  2. Vasconcelos, L. A., Neroni, M. A., & Crilly, N. (2018). The effect of explicit instructions in idea generation studies. AI EDAM32(3), 308-320.
  3. Neroni, M. A., Vasconcelos, L. A., & Crilly, N. (2017). Computer-Based “Mental Set” Tasks: An Alternative Approach to Studying Design Fixation. Journal of Mechanical Design139(7), 071102.
  4. Dewar M., Neroni M.A., Zeman A., Beschin N., Della Sala S. (2017). Visual complexity accentuates picture description deficit in amnesia. Neuropsychology.
  5. Neroni M.A., Gamboz N., de Vito S., & Brandimonte M.A. (2016). Effects of self-generated vs. experimenter-provided cues on the representation of future events. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. 69(9), 1799-1811..
  6. de Vito S., Neroni M.A., Gamboz N., Della Sala S., & Brandimonte M.A. (2015). Desirable and undesirable future thoughts call for different scene construction processes. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 1-8.
  7. Neroni M. A., Gamboz N., & Brandimonte M. A. (2014). Does episodic future thinking improve prospective remembering? Consciousness and cognition, 23, 53-62.