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CompNet Seminar Talk by Steve Franconeri

Steve Franconeri, Associate Professor of Psychology at Northwestern University, will be giving a CompNet Seminar Talk on Friday, November 30th, at 2:00 p.m. in the CompNet Building.

Event Details

CompNet cordially invites you to attend Professor Franconeri's presentation of his research at the CompNet Seminar Talk.

Flexible Perception of Spatial Relations
by Prof. Steve Franconeri

Associate Professor of Psychology
Northwestern University

Boston University
Friday, November 30, 2012
2:00 p.m.
CompNet Building
Auditorium - Basement Room B03
677 Beacon Street
Boston, Massachusetts

Abstract

There is significant work on how we recognize structure within objects and scenes that we have previously encountered. But we have strikingly little understanding of how the visual system flexibly represents spatial structure across arbitrary arrangements of objects. I will review a set of possible visual mechanisms and argue for a counterintuitive possibility - that relations across space are coded by changes in the location of the attentional 'spotlight' over time. Evidence from eyetracking, electrophysiological 'attention tracking', and behavioral methods support this account. I will then describe connections to spatial language, as well as implications of this account for improving graph comprehension and spatial reasoning.