Visual Thinking Lab

We study visual thinking:
how it works, and how
education + design can
make it work better.


Within both the natural world and constructed displays, our visual system transforms a raw image into objects and relations. Our lab explores this transformation: how we group objects together, how we know whether one object is larger, brighter or farther to the right than another, how many objects we can process at once, and how we track them over space & time. Beyond their theoretical importance, these questions are vital to applications across education (e.g. graph understanding) and broader information visualization.


Current Projects

Visual Grouping:

Spatial vs. Featural

Visual Attention:

Tracking multiple objects

Visual Attention:

Control + Scope

Object Structure:

We are exploring the potential role of the attentional ‘spotlight’ in influencing object structure

Visual Structure:

Extraction + Manipulation

Graph Comprehension:

For students & scientists

Opportunities in the lab!

We are always looking for enthusiastic undergraduates interested in learning about visual cognition research.