Perceptual and Attentional Aspects for Scientific Data Presentation

Curiositas

  • Date: Mar 14, 2019
  • Time: 15:00 - 17:00
  • Speaker: Prof. Sebastian Pannasch (TU Dresden)
  • Location: MPI-CPfS, Dresden
Perceptual and Attentional Aspects for Scientific Data Presentation
Have you ever wondered how others may perceive figures in your presentations and publications? In the latest event of our Curiositas series, Prof. Sebastian Pannasch from the Department of Psychology at TU Dresden will introduce us to the relevant psychological concepts and provide examples how to design good displays of data.

Vision is the key modality by which we interact with the environment. Psychology has intensively investigated perceptual and attentional mechanisms for the processing of visual information. For instance, things that are close together are perceived as more related than things that are spaced farther apart (law of proximity). Psychological literature contains further principles and guidelines - beyond the famous gestalt principles. Considering these mechanisms and applying certain principles can help to present information effectively in graphs. In the talk I will provide explanations and show examples that might help to design good displays and thereby facilitate the interpretation of the presented data.


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