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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., Vasconcelos, L. A., & Crilly, N. (2017). Computer-Based “Mental Set” Tasks: An Alternative Approach to Studying Design Fixation. Journal of Mechanical Design, 139(7), 071102.
  2. Dewar M., Neroni M.A., Zeman A., Beschin N., Della Sala S. (in press). Visual complexity accentuates picture description deficit in amnesia. Neuropsychology.
  3. Vasconcelos, L. A., Neroni, M. A., & Crilly, N. (2016). Fluency results in design fixation experiments: An additional explanation. In 4th International Conference on Design Creativity-ICDC.
  4. Neroni, M. A., Vasconcelos, L. A., & Crilly, N. (2016). Playing games with fixation: Linking psychology and design research to develop computer-based tasks to study how designers are affected by mental set. Design Creativity Workshop 2016, At Northwestern University, Evanston (Chicago), USA.
  5. Chen, C.-C., Neroni, M. A., Vasconcelos, L. A., & Crilly, N. (2016). The importance of Leadership in Design Team Problem-Solving. In 11th Design Thinking Research Symposium (DTRS11). Copenhagen, Denmark.
  6. 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.
  7. Drammis, L., Gamboz, N., Brandimonte, M. A., Neroni, M. A., Coluccia, E., Manzoli, F., ... & Cori, L. (2015). Determinants of environmental risk perception in adolescents. EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste.
  8. 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.
  9. Neroni M. A., Gamboz N., & Brandimonte M. A. (2014). Does episodic future thinking improve prospective remembering? Consciousness and cognition, 23, 53-62 .