The UCSB brown-bag forum on spatial thinking presents

Steven Franconeri

Professor of Psychology, Northwestern University

Visual attention creates structure over space and time

Phelps Hall 3512 (map)
12:00 p.m. Tuesday, November 25, 2014

. Selective attention allows us to filter visual information, amplifying what is relevant and suppressing what competes. But recent work in our lab suggests another role – extracting and manipulating visual structure. I will describe four such lines of research, showing a role for selective attention in grouping objects with similar features, extracting spatial relationships between objects, imagining manipulations of objects, and maintaining object identity over time. I will also describe interactions of these processes with spatial language and highlight potential applications for improving pedagogy and displays related to math and science education.

Steve Franconeri is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University. His lab studies visual cognition, graph comprehension, and data visualization. He completed his Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology at Harvard with a National Defense Science and Engineering Fellowship, and did postdoctoral work at UBC with a Killam Fellowship. He has received the Psychonomics Early Career Award and an NSF CAREER award, and his work receives funding from the NSF, NIH, and the Department of Education.

The objectives of the ThinkSpatial brown-bag presentations are to exchange ideas about spatial perspectives in research and teaching, to broaden communication and cooperation across disciplines among faculty and graduate students, and to encourage the sharing of tools and concepts.
Please contact Andrea Ballatore (893-5267, to review and schedule possible discussion topics or presentations that share your disciplinary interest in spatial thinking.

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