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Steven Franconeri


Research Interests

We study visual thinking and communication: how it works, and how we can make it work better. At our Visual Thinking Laboratory, a team of researchers explore how leveraging the visual system - the largest single system in your brain - can help people think, remember, and communicate more efficiently. Our basic research is inspired by real-world problems, guiding our laboratory toward the most interesting theoretical questions, while producing results that translate directly to science, education, design, and industry. 

Selected Publications (See lab page for all publications)

Franconeri, S. L. (2021). Three Perceptual Tools for Seeing and Understanding Visualized Data. Current Directions in Psychological Science.

Franconeri, S. L., Padilla, L. M., Shah, P. D., Zacks, J. M., Hullman, J. (2021). The Science of Visual Data Communication: What Works. Psychological Science in the Public Interest.

Dimara, E., Zhang, H., Tory, M., Franconeri, S. (2021). The Unmet Data Visualization Needs of Decision Makers within Organizations. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics

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

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

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


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