AmelsvoortMarije van Amelsvoort (Ph.D. Utrecht University, 2006) is assistant professor at Tilburg University in the Netherlands, where she teaches courses on Visual Communication, General Didactics, Digital Collaboration and Methodology. She is visiting the Center for Spatial Studies for three weeks, collaborating mainly with Mary Hegarty (Psychology), exploring common interests in the design of visual representations and cognitive effects of this design.

Van Amelsvoort has a background in educational psychology and educational sciences. She has been working on computer-supported collaborative learning and the role of representations in argumentation-based learning. Her current research interests are diagram design and the role of primary metaphors and gestalt principles in constructing and understanding representations. Van Amelsvoort is part of the Tilburg Center of Cognition and Communication (TiCC), which was recently qualified as “Center of Excellence.”

Her recent publications include: The Importance of Design in Learning from Node-link Diagrams (Van Amelsvoort, Van der Meij, Anjewierden, and Van der Meij, in Instructional Science, 2013); Using Non-verbal Cues to (Automatically) Assess Children’s Performance Difficulties with Arithmetic Problems (Van Amelsvoort, Joosten, Krahmer, and Postma, in Computers in Human Behavior, 2013); and Effects of Cognitive Design Principles on User’s Performance and Preference: A Large-Scale Evaluation of a Soccer Stats Display (Westerbeek, Van Amelsvoort, Maes & Swerts, in Information Design Journal, in press).

WeeldenLisanne van Weelden (Ph.D., Tilburg University, 2013) is an assistant professor from the Department of Communication and Information Sciences of Tilburg University (The Netherlands), where she is also a member of the Tilburg center of Cognition and Communication (TiCC). She teaches Visual Communication, Advertising and Persuasion, Metaphor and Analogy, and Statistics. Van Weelden’s research focuses on the processing of metaphoric relations, both visual and verbal metaphors, and on the way that objects are organized in our memory. While pursuing these lines of research, her interests are shifting toward the role of conceptual metaphors and visual features in the design of (big and small) data representations and subsequent processing effects of this design.

During her visit to UCSB, she will primarily be collaborating with Mary Hegarty (Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences), but she is eager to talk with anyone interested in data representation.


New Spatial Visitors: Amelsvoort & Weelden