Exploiting Human Visual Perception in Visualization

ALAN CHALMERS and KIRSTEN CATER,     University of Bristol

41.1 Introduction

Most visualizations serve some specific visual task, for example, investigating the air flow over a wing tip or looking at the perception of medieval pottery under medieval lighting conditions. In the majority of cases, objects or data relevant to the task can be identified in advance—for example, the wing tip or the medieval pottery. During the actual visualization, the viewer’s visual system must focus its attention on these objects and data in order to complete the task. The human visual system is good, but it is not perfect. While focusing on these objects, the viewer will simply fail to notice other large ...

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