Steven Franconeri: Data visualizations are ambiguous figures @ MAGNET 805, 2 Metrotech Center, 8th floor, Brooklyn, NY

05/11/2018 12:00 pm – 05/11/2018 1:00 pm Data visualizations are ambiguous figures Steven Franconeri Northwestern University Friday, May 11, 2018, 12:00PM – 1:00PM Room 805 MAGNET (Media And Games Network) 2 Metrotech Center, 8th Floor, Brooklyn NY 11201. We invite students from our ECT and MAGNET communities to this talk. Light refreshments will be served. Join us! Graphs and data visualizations present many possible patterns to the viewer. I’ll suggest that we have at least three distinct visual tools for processing these patterns: shape recognition, statistics on a small set of visual dimensions, and comparisons among subsets of data. The architecture of the visual system allows the first two to operate quickly, but puts strong constraints on the speed of the third. I’ll link these constraints to the development of expertise, STEM education, and the perils of data communication. Steven Franconeri is a Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University, and Director of the Northwestern Cognitive Science Program. His research is on visual thinking, visual communication, and the psychology of data visualization. He directs the Visual Thinking Laboratory, where a team of researchers explore the power and limits of your visual system, and how better design and pedagogy can help students and scientists understand and use visual representations across paper, screens, and their imagination.