Attentional and Nonattentional Processes in Vision: Implications for Display Design
Ronald A. Rensink, Departments of Computer Science and Psychology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver BC, Canada.

CHI Tutorial Notes: Tutorial 3. 2003. [SCHI 2003; Ft. Lauderdale, FL, USA.]


Learn about recent breakthroughs in vision that have implications for the design of visual displays. Learn about ways in which these new discoveries can be used to better understand users and to improve interaction with displays.


  • Demonstrations of new visual phenomena (e.g., change blindness, mindsight)
  • Demonstrate ways in which visual perception can depend on the task at hand
  • Overview of recent theories about human vision (e.g., rapid pre-attentive processing, scene perception, unconscious perception)
  • New possibilities for improving information pickup (e.g., attentional units), display interaction (e.g., coercive graphics), and new display designs.
  • Audience

    This is an introductory tutorial intended for product developers, designers of interfaces (including real-time applications such as automobiles), human factors specialists, researchers interested in information display and visualization, and display designers.

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