Visual Thinking Lab

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



Publications

2019

Xiong, C., Ceja, C. R., Ludwig, C. J. H., Franconeri, S. (in press). Biased Average Position Estimates in Line and Bar Graphs: Understimation, Overestimation, and Perceptual Pull. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. [pdf]

Xiong, C., Shapiro, J., Hullman, J., & Franconeri, S. (in press). Illusion of Causality in Visualized Data. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. [pdf]

Xiong, C., van Weelden, L., Franconeri, S. (2019). The Curse of Knowledge in Visual Data Communication. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. [pdf]

Xiong, C., Padilla, L., Grayson, K., Franconeri, S. (2019). Examining the Components of Trust in Map-Based Visualizations. EuroVis Workshop on Trustworthy Visualization. [pdf]

Hearst, M. A., Pedersen, E., Patil, L., Lee, E., Laskowski, P., Franconeri, S. (2019). An Evaluation of Semantically Grouped Word Cloud Designs. IEEE Transactions on Visualizations and Computer Graphics. [pdf]

Yuan, L., Haroz, S., Franconeri, S. (2019). Perceptual proxies for extracting averages in data visualizations. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. [pdf]

2018

Yu, D., Xiao, X., Bemis, D. K., & Franconeri, S. L. (2018). Similarity Grouping as Feature-Based Selection. Psychological Science. [pdf]

Yu, D., Tam, D., & Franconeri, S. L. (2018). Gestalt similarity groupings are not constructed in parallel. Cognition. [pdf]

Dimara, E., Franconeri, S., Plaisant, C., Bezerianos, A., & Dragicevic, P. (2018). A Task-based Taxonomy of Cognitive Biases for Information Visualization. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. [pdf]

Dimara, E., Bailly, G., Bezerianos, A., & Franconeri, S. (2018). Mitigating the Attraction Effect with Visualizations. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. [pdf]

Ondov, B., Jardine, N., Elmqvist, N., & Franconeri, S. (2018). Face to Face: Evaluating Visual Comparison. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. [pdf]

Ferguson, B., Franconeri, S. L., & Waxman, S. R. (2018). Very young infants learn abstract rules in the visual modality. PLOS ONE. [pdf]

Wakefield, E., Novack, M. A., Congdon, E. L., Franconeri, S., & Goldin-Meadow, S. (2018). Gesture helps learners learn, but not merely by guiding their visual attention. Developmental Science. [pdf]

2017

Alexander, E., Chang, C-C., Shimabukuro, M., Franconeri, S., Collins, C., Gleicher, M. (2017). Perceptual Biases in Font Size as a Data Encoding. IEEE Transactions on Visualizations and Computer Graphics. [pdf]

Lovett, A. & Franconeri, S. L. (2017). Topological Relations Between Objects Are Categorically Coded. Psychological Science. [pdf]

Michal, A. L., & Franconeri, S. L. (2017). Visual routines are associated with specific graph interpretations. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications. [pdf]

Nothelfer, C., Gleicher, M., & Franconeri, S. (2017). Redundant Encoding Strenghtens Segmentation and Grouping in Visual Displays of Data. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance. [pdf]

2016

Michal, A. L., Uttal, D., Shah, P., & Franconeri, S. L. (2016). Visual routines for extracting magnitude relations. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. [pdf]

Yu, D., Levinthal, B., & Franconeri, S. L. (2016). Feature-based attention resolves depth ambiguity. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. [pdf]

Yuan, L., Uttal, D., & Franconeri, S. (2016). Are Categorical Spatial Relations Encoded by Shifting Visual Attention between Objects? PLOS ONE. [pdf]

2015

Haroz, S., Kosara, R., & Franconeri, S. L. (2015). The Connected Scatterplot for Presenting Paired Time Series. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. [pdf] [Demos]

Szafir, D. A., Haroz, S., Gleicher, M., & Franconeri, S. (2015). Four types of ensemble coding in data visualizations. Journal of Vision. [pdf]

Salvi, C., Bricolo, E., Franconeri, S. L., Kounios, J., & Beeman, M. (2015). Sudden insight is associated with shutting out visual inputs. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. [pdf]

Liverence, B. M. & Franconeri, S. L. (2015). Resource Limitations in Visual Cognition. In R. Scott & S. Kosslyn (Eds.), Emerging Trends in the Social and Behavioral Sciences. [pdf]

Xu, Y. & Franconeri S. L. (2015). Capacity for Visual Features in Mental Rotation. Psychological Science. [pdf]

Haroz, S., Kosara, R., & Franconeri, S. L. (2015) ISOTYPE Visualization - Working Memory, Performance, and Engagement with Pictographs. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. [pdf][Demos]

Scimeca, J. M. & Franconeri, S. L. (2015). Selecting and tracking multiple objects. WIREs Cognitive Science. [pdf]

Wegbreit, E., Franconeri, S., & Beeman, M. (2015). Anxious mood narrows attention in feaure space. Cognition & Emotion. [pdf]

2014

Bebko, G. M., Franconeri, S. L., Ochsner, K. N., & Chiao, J. Y. (2014). Attentional Deployment Is Not Necessary for Succesful Emotion Regulation via Cognitive Reappraisal or Expressive Suppression. Emotion. [pdf]

Chevalier, F., Dragicevic, P., Franconeri, S. (2014). The Not-so-Staggering Effect of Staggered Animated Transitions on Visual Tracking. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. [pdf]

Harrison, L., Yang, F., Franconeri, S., & Chang, R. (2014). Ranking Visualizations of Correlation Using Weber's Law. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. [pdf]

Schurgin, M. W., Nelson, J., Iida, S., Ohira, H., Chiao, J. Y., & Franconeri, S. L. (2014). Eye movements during emotion recognition in faces. Journal of Vision. [pdf]

2013

Choo, H. & Franconeri, S. L. (2013). Enumeration of small collections violates Weber's Law. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. [pdf]

Gleicher, M., Correll, M., Nothelfer, C., & Franconeri, S. (2013). Perception of Average Value in Multiclass Scatterplots. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics. [pdf] [more info]

Xu, Y., Suzuki, S., & Franconeri, S. L. (2013). Shifting Selection May Control Apparent Motion. Psychological Science. [pdf]

Franconeri, S. L. (2013). The Nature and Status of Visual Resources. Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Psychology. Reisberg, D. (Editor). Oxford University Press. [pdf]

Franconeri, S. L., Alvarez, G. A., & Cavanagh, P. (2013). Flexible cognitive resources: competitive content maps for attention and memory. Trends in Cognitive Sciences. [pdf]

Harrison, L., Skau, D., Franconeri, S., Lu, A., & Chang, R. (2013). Influencing Visual Judgment through Affective Priming. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. [pdf]

2012

O'Hearn, K., Franconeri, S., Wright, C., Minshew, N., & Luna, B. (2012). The Development of Individuation in Autism. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance. [pdf]

Roth, J. C. & Franconeri, S. L. (2012). Asymmetric coding of categorical spatial relations in both language and vision. Frontiers in Psychology. [pdf]

Xu, Y., O'Keefe, S., Suzuki, S., & Franconeri, S. L. (2012). Visual influence on haptic torque perception. Perception. [pdf]

Choo, H., Levinthal, B. R., & Franconeri, S. L. (2012). Average Orientation Is More Accessible Through Object Boundaries Than Surface Features. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance. [pdf] [Demos]

Corell, M., Albers, D., Franconeri, S., & Gleicher, M. (2012). Comparing Averages in Time Series Data. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. [pdf]

Franconeri, S. L., Pylyshyn, Z. W., & Scholl, B. J. (2012). A simple proximity heuristic allows tracking of multiple objects through occlusion. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. [pdf] [Demos]

Franconeri, S. L., Scimeca, J. M., Roth, J. C., Helseth, S. A., & Kahn, L. E. (2012). Flexible visual processing of spatial relationships. Cognition. [pdf] [Demos]

Xu, Y. & Franconeri, S. L. (2012). The Head of the Table: Marking the "Front" of An Object is Tightly Linked with Selection. The Journal of Neuroscience. [pdf] [Demos]

2011

Bebko, G. M., Franconeri, S. L., Ochsner, K. N., & Chiao, J. Y. (2011). Look Before You Regulate: Differential Perceptual Strategies Underlying Expressive Suppression and Cognitive Reappraisal. Emotion. [pdf]

Levinthal B. R. & Franconeri S. L. (2011). Common-Fate Grouping as Feature Selection. Psychological Science. [pdf] [Demos]

2010

Choo, H. & Franconeri, S. L. (2010). Objects with reduced visibility still contribute to size averaging. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. [pdf]

Franconeri, S. L., Jonathan, S. V., & Scimeca, J. M. (2010). Tracking Multiple Objects Is Limited Only by Object Spacing, Not by Speed, Time, or Capacity. Psychological Science. [pdf] [Demos]

Hollingworth, A., Simons, D. J., & Franconeri, S. L. (2010). New objects do not capture attention without a sensory transient. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. [pdf]

Iordanescu, L., Grabowecky, M., Franconeri, S., Theeuwes, J., & Suzuki, S. (2010). Characteristic sounds make you look at targets more quickly. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. [pdf]

Parrott S. E., Levinthal B. R., & Franconeri S. L. (2010). Complex attentional control settings. The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology. [pdf]

2009

Brockmole, J. R. & Franconeri, S. L. (Eds.) (2009). Binding: A Special Issue of Visual Cognition. New York: Psychology Press. [link]

Brockmole, J. R. & Franconeri, S. L. (2009). Introduction to the special issue on Binding. Visual Cognition.

Guzman-Martinez, E., Leung, P., Franconeri, S., Grabowecky, M., & Suzuki, S. (2009). Rapid eye-fixation training without eye tracking. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. [pdf] [Code Download]

Hollingworth, A. & Franconeri, S. L. (2009). Object correspondence across brief occlusion is established on the basis of both spatiotemporal and surface feature cues. Cognition. [pdf]

Franconeri, S. L., Bemis, D. K., & Alvarez, G. A. (2009). Number estimation relies on a set of segmented objects. Cognition. [pdf] [Demos]

Franconeri, S. L. (2009). Attention Capture. In Matsumoto, D. (Ed.), The Cambridge Dictionary of Psychology. Cambridge University Press.

2008

Franconeri, S. L., Lin, J. Y., Pylyshyn, Z. W., Fisher, B., & Enns, J. T. (2008). Evidence against a speed limit in multiple object tracking. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review. [pdf] [Demos]

Lin, J. Y., Franconeri, S., & Enns, J. T. (2008). Objects on a Collision Path With the Observer Demand Attention. Psychological Science. [pdf]

2007

Alvarez, G. A. & Franconeri, S. L. (2007). How many objects can you track? Evidence for a resource-limited attentive tracking mechanism. Journal of Vision. [pdf] [New Scientist Article] [Demos]

Franconeri, S. L., Alvarez, G. A., & Enns, J. T. (2007). How Many Locations Can Be Selected at Once? Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception & Performance. [pdf]

2005 and older

Franconeri, S. L., Hollingworth, A., & Simons, D. J. (2005). Do New Objects Capture Attention? Psychological Science. [pdf]

Franconeri, S. L. & Simons, D. J. (2005). The dynamic events that capture visual attention: A reply to Abrams & Christ (2005). Perception & Psychophysics. [pdf]

Franconeri, S. L., Simons, D. J., & Junge, J. A. (2004). Searching for stimulus-driven shifts of attention. Psychonomic Bulletin and Review. [pdf]

Franconeri, S. L. & Simons, D. J. (2003). Moving and looming stimuli capture attention. Perception & Psychophysics. [pdf]

Simons, D. J., Mitroff, S. R., & Franconeri, S. L. (2003). Implicit and explicit representations in scene perception. In M. Peterson & G. Rhodes (Eds.), Perception of Faces, Objects, and Scenes: Analytic and Holistic Processes. [link]

Mitroff, S. R., Simons, D. J., & Franconeri, S. L. (2002). The Siren Song of Implicit Change Detection. Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance. [pdf]

Simons, D. J., Franconeri, S. L., & Reimer, R. L. (2000). Change blindness in the absence of a visual disruption. Perception. [pdf]