Perception Issues

Reference: Nahum Gershon, "From Perception to Visualization", in [ROSE94]


The human visual perception system is very complex and must be taken into account in the design and use of data visualization systems. [GREG90] notes that "Perception is not determined simply by the stimulus pattern; rather it is a dynamic searching for the best interpretation of the available data." People may interpret the same visual image quite differently, depending on both their own physiology and experience. To improve the visualization process, one must understand how the brain and visual system perceives visual information. This section looks at three ways to improve the visualization process by better understanding visual perception.

Improving Information Visibility in Displayed Data

Increasing the Faithfulness of Visual Representations

Making the process of observing the visual display faster and more effortless.

Perception Issues in Visualization
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Last modified on February 11, 1999, G. Scott Owen,