I am a Ph.D. researcher at Northwestern University working on Data Visualization, Visual Perception and Decision Making.
My interdisciplinary work spans across the fields of cognitive psychology, learning science, marketing and visualization.
I run behavioural and psychophysical experiments and build perceptual computational models to study how our visual perception systems work to view, interpret and draw conclusions from visualized data (e.g., graphs).
People increasingly rely on visualizations to answer questions and make decisions about data. But how do people perceive visualized data?
What cognitive processes come in play? To what extent are people subject to cognitive biases when interpreting visualizations? How can we leverage the strengths and shortcomings of our visual cognitive systems to help people understand data better and make better decisions?
I grew up in Vancouver, Canada but I was born in Beijing, China. I completed my undergraduate degrees in Applied Math and Psychology at UCLA. Now I’m a 3rd year in my Ph.D. program - almost halfway!