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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)

Xiong, C., van Weelden, L., & Franconeri, S., (in press). The Curse of Expertise in Data Visualizations. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics.

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

Yu, D., Xiao, M., Bemis, D., & Franconeri, S. L. (2019). Similarity grouping as feature selection. Psychological Science. Pagination Pending. doi:10.1177/0956797618822798

Dimara, E., Bailly, G., Bezerianos, A., & Franconeri, S. L. (2018). Mitigating the Attraction Effect with Visualizations. Proceedings of IEEE Information Visualization.

Ondov, B., Jardine, N., Elmqvist, N., & Franconeri, S.L. (2018). Face to Face: Evaluating Visual Comparison. Proceedings of IEEE Information Visualization.

Lovett, A. & Franconeri, S. L. (2017). Topological relations between objects are categorically coded. Psychological Science, 28(10):1408-1418. doi: 10.1177/0956797617709814.

Michal, A. L., & Franconeri, S. L. (2017). Visual routines are associated with specific graph interpretations. Cognitive Research: Principles and Implications, 2(1), 20.

Michal, A. L., Uttal, D., Shah, P., & Franconeri, S. L. (2016). Visual routines for extracting magnitude relations. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 23(6), 1802-1809.

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