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.


Data Visualization

Visual Attention

Visual Structure


Opportunities in the lab!

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

Please email our lab manager at with a resume and cover letter if interested.

Professor Steven Franconeri will be considering new graduate students for admission for Fall 2019. Prospective PhD students are welcome to apply to the Psychology graduate program.