Congrats to Katie Foley!

The Psychology Department at the University of Wisconsin – Madison honored Katie Foley with the 2017 Outstanding Undergraduate Research Award for her work in our lab. Congratulations Katie, we are so excited for you!

Welcome Chris Racey!

Chris RaceyThe Schloss Visual Perception and Cognition Lab welcomes our new Postdoc, Chris Racey! Prior to arriving at UW-Madison, Chris was a Post-doctoral Research Fellow working with Prof. Anna Franklin in the Sussex Colour Group (University of Sussex). Chris’s research focuses on color cognition and the neural representation of color. He investigates various aspects of color processing, including color preference, color naming, and low level visual representations, using behavioral, psychophysical and neuroimaging methods.

 

New publication: Colorgorical: Creating discriminable and preferable color palettes for information visualization

PrintColorgorical is a new, interactive tool that generates color palettes for data visualization. Designed and validated using empirical data, Colorgorical creates palettes that allow users to balance aesthetics and discriminability.

Connor Gramazio presented Colorgorical at IEEE Vis 2016. Our paper describing Colorgorical can be found here and the implementation can be found on GitHub located here.

REFERENCE: Gramazio, C. C., Laidlaw, D. H., and Schloss, K. B. (2017). Colorgorical: Creating discriminable and preferable color palettes for information visualization, IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics.

Tools for Discovery: Karen Schloss

paint chipsKaren Schloss is the newest addition to the Living Environments Laboratory theme at WID. She was previously located at Brown University where she was the Principal Investigator at the Visual Perception and Cognition Lab. As Schloss unpacked her office at WID, we inquired about her Tools for Discovery.

Tools for Discovery: Karen Schloss

VPCL joins Wisconsin Institute for Discovery

WID wordmarkThe Living Environments Laboratory in the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery is pleased to announce the arrival of Dr. Karen Schloss and the Visual Perception and Cognition Lab. Dr. Schloss and her lab investigates how observers make predictions about objects and entities based on their cognitive and emotional responses to perceptual information. She joins University of Wisconsin in the Psychology Department.

Welcome

Welcome to the Schloss Visual Perception and Cognition Lab at the University of Wisconsin – Madison! We are part of the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery – Living Environments Lab (LEL) theme and the Department of Psychology.
We investigate how observers make predictions about objects and entities based on their cognitive and emotional responses to perceptual information. We are currently focusing on how people’s associations with colors influence cognitive processing in three broad areas: (1) aesthetic response, (2) judgment and decision making, and (3) interpretation of information visualizations. In doing so, we take an empirical approach to design, with the goals of understanding how to communicate effectively through visualizations and what determines affective response to perceptual features. Although our main focus is on color, we are also interested in perceptual organization and spatial layout. We also investigate more traditional topics in visual perception, including how perceptual organization influences illusions of size, shape, and motion. See our Research page for further details about ongoing projects in the lab.