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Why a Picture (or Graph!) is Worth a Thousand Words

Tuesday, 29 March, 2022 12:00 pm
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Ever feel inundated with information? You're not alone! It's critical right now - with the onslaught of COVID data - to have the ability to glean useful information from charts and graphs. BrainStorm Neuroscience Pitch Competition™ 2020 finalist Lorenzo Ciccione (Collège de France, PSL University), in the lab of Stanislas Dehaene (Collège de France), is examining how our brains extract information from plots and charts. Scientists have discovered many people do not understand complex data visualizations; but do we possess an intuitive understanding of statistics? Uncovering how the brain extracts meaning from graphically depicted data will help the research team discover ways to make graphs easier to learn and understand. Join us for an update on Lorenzo’s BrainStorm project and learn about his journey as an early-career researcher.

Why a Picture (or Graph!) is Worth a Thousand Words

Lorenzo Ciccione

Lorenzo (Collège de FrancePSL University) met psychology and neuroscience at the end of high school, when he could not decide between medical school and humanities: the fine constituents of our beautiful anatomy versus the incredible products of our creative minds. Neuroscience made him realize he could study humans from both perspectives and his academic journey began. After a BSc in cognitive psychology at Trento University (Italy), Lorenzo was accepted for a MSc in cognitive neuroscience at the Ecole Normale Superièure de Paris (France). After some work experience in applying psychology in the public sector, he is currently pursuing a PhD in cognitive neuroscience (Collège de France and Neurospin Lab) under the great supervision of Professor Stanislas Dehaene; he is also a lecturer at several universities in Paris. Lorenzo’s current research focuses on the cognitive and neural bases of our perception and understanding of graphical representations (such as scatterplots).

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