How Can Perception Save Lives? | Mission Unstoppable

What we see isn't always what's real! Cognitive scientist Dr. Lace Padilla is showing Nabeel Muscatwalla how perception works and how it can help save lives.

Do Your Part — COVID-19 Data Visualization Research

Dr. Lace Padilla shares how science communication through data visualization plays an important role during the COVID-19 pandemic. We all have a part to play, whether through the work we do to advance COVID-19 research or the simple action of wearing a mask and social distancing. The more we work together to do our part, the closer we are to a safer Bobcat community.

How to Read Uncertainty Visualizations

From Hurricane forecasts to COVID-19 projections, we are forced to make life and death decisions with uncertainty visualizations more than ever. Unfortunately, uncertainty is one of the most challenging concepts for most people to understand, and visualizations of uncertainty can be highly complex and abstract. In this talk, I'll discuss methods for making sense of uncertainty visualizations and how to avoid being misled by commonly confusing visualization choices.

Visualizing Our Uncertain World

We live in an uncertain world. From weather events to financial markets, every day we are confronted with uncertainty. However, even experts have difficulty reasoning with uncertainty. Visualizations allow our visual systems to identify patterns in data that would otherwise go unnoticed. Visualizations can also help us focus on relevant data when making probabilistic judgments. Unfortunately, visualizing the uncertainty in complex phenomena such as hurricane forecasts can introduce new problems, as evidenced by the confusion associated with Hurricane Dorian's path. In this talk, we will discuss state-of-the-art uncertainty visualizations, along with the cognitive processes that lead to misunderstandings of forecast data.

Cognitive Science for Data Visualization

In this episode we have Lace Padilla on the show to talk about how cognitive science can help create better visualizations. Lace is a newly appointed Assistant Professor at Cognitive UC Merced, where she directs the SPACE Lab.

Lace’s expertise is cognitive science, and she has published numerous papers that look at data visualization under the lens of a cognitive scientist. Believe it or not this is not so common so Lace’s work is very welcome.

On the show we talk about the role of cognitive science in visualization, what cognitive models are and how they can be used for visualization design and evaluation, decision-making supported by visualization and visualization as a way to analyze and communicate weather data.
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