We are a vision science lab founded in 2000 by Dr. Ronald Rensink with the goal to investigate visual intelligence. We are interested both in exploring the mechanisms that carry this out and the ways in which this knowledge can help with the design of effective visual displays.
UBC Visual Cognition Lab
A Psychology research lab at UBC
Dr. Rensink's primary research interest is in vision--the various ways that humans, animals, and computers use light to see. He believes that vision involves constraints that apply to any system, and that the most successful visual systems are based on very general information-processing strategies. As such, his approach is to examine biological systems (including humans) to see how they operate, and then to look at these mechanisms from a computational point of view to see if they embody more general principles. Among other things, these more general principles can provide a scientific basis for the design of visual interfaces that can interact with human visual systems in an optimal way.
Dr. Ronald Rensink
Associate Professor, UBC Psychology and Computer Science
Principal Investigator of the UBC Visual Cognition Lab
After graduating in Cognitive Psychology and obtaining her PhD in Cognitive Science from Paris 5 / Paris 11 University in 2007, Helene's PhD research was conducted under the supervision of Kevin O'Regan (LPP - Paris 5 Uni.) and Philippe Tarroux (LIMSI – Paris 11) and was centered on the understanding of the nature and organization of information stored in visual short term memory. She studied the mechanisms underlying change detection and assessed the existence of a new kind of information in memory, the relational information.
At UBC, Helene led four research projects: Characterization of the Mindsight Phenomenon, Flow and Meditative States, Effects of Stress and Visual Perception, and last but not least--the Inner Intelligence Project.
Dr. Helene Gauchou
Principal Investigator for the InnerIntel Project
A recent graduate from UBC, Docky has worked tirelessly to see the many parts of the InnerIntel Project come together. Docky's primary interests are communication systems, including unconscious communication, and is motivated to learn facts so that he can point out inconsistencies in movies to his friends. Docky enjoys playing music and writing stream of conscious poetry. Docky's favorite movie is Bowfinger.
Media relations manager
A veteran research assistant at the visual cognition lab, Dakota is currently wrapping up the final year of his Cognitive Systems undergrad at UBC. A native to California, Dakota was inspired to seek out a role in the ouija project after watching The Exorcist. Dakota enjoys data analysis and attending intellectual parties in his free time. Dakotas favorite movie is Jumanji.
Social media manager
A research assistant and co-manager at the UBC Visual Cognition Lab, Kelly is currently finishing up the final year of her Cognitive Systems undergrad at UBC. Kelly enjoys visual analytics and vision science research. Kelly's favourite movies are The Lord of the Rings Trilogy.
Marketing & web development manager
A recent graduate from the Cognitive Systems program at UBC, Jessie worked as a research assistant and co-manager at the UBC Visual Cognition Lab. Her research interests include visual analytics and unconscious intelligence. Jessie's favourite book is The Great Gatsby.
Design & graphics consultant
Formerly a co-manager at the UBC Visual Cognition Lab, Candice works as a lab coordinator at the Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics. Other than research, management and graphic/UX design, Candice loves crocheting (she crochets all her hats and scarves!).