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Karen Schloss

Karen Schloss
PI, Assistant Professor
Psychology
3178 Discovery Building, 330 N. Orchard Street
(608)316-4495
kschloss@wisc.edu
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EDUCATION 
PhD, Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
BA, Psychology, Barnard College, Columbia University
MAIN INTERESTS 
Visual Reasoning • Color Cognition • Information Visualization • Visual Aesthetics • Virtual Reality • Perceptual Organization

Karen Schloss is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in the Department of Psychology and Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. Her Visual Reasoning lab studies how people interpret meaning from visual features, with the goal of making visual communication more effective and efficient. With a primary focus on color, her lab addresses fundamental questions in information visualization, visual cognition, and aesthetic response. They also develop educational tools in virtual reality (VR) to help make science more accessible and engaging. Dr. Schloss received her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University in 2005, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Architecture. She completed her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley in 2011 and continued on as a Postdoctoral Scholar from 2011-2013. She spent three years as an Assistant Professor of Research in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences at Brown University before joining the faculty at UW–Madison in 2016.