Human understanding limits in visualization

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Many different techniques for visualizing data exist, and often users must experiment with several before selecting the most effective one for their problem. Knowledge of the characteristics of the human visual system can assist in our choice of visualization techniques. Limits imposed by our visual "cognitive bandwidth" mean that only detail up to these limits needs to be generated in a visualization scene. Some aspects of our visual process will be discussed and an approach will be described for modeling scene detail, which takes visual limits of such aspects into account.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)229-237
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Pattern Recognition and Artificial Intelligence
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 1997
Externally publishedYes


  • Human visual system
  • Image display
  • Visual importance
  • Visualization


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