Dr. Ronald Rensink is an associate professor in the Departments of Psychology and Computer Science. He is director of the UBC Visual Cognition Lab and an integral part of the Vancouver Institute for Visual Analytics (VIVA), and the Cognitive Systems program. His primary interests are in computational/human vision and data visualization.
Research interests include visual cognition; visual attention; consciousness; information visualization; visual analytics.
Rensink RA (2018). To have seen or not to have seen: A look at Rensink, O'Regan, & Clark (1997). Perspectives on Psychological Science, 13: 230-235.
Ueda Y, Chen L, Kopecky J, Cramer ES, Rensink RA, Meyer DE, Kitayama S, and Saiki J. (2018). Cultural differences in visual search for geometric figures. Cognitive Science, 42(1): 286-310. doi: 10.1111/cogs.12490.
Yang F, Harrison LT, Rensink RA, Franconeri SL, & Chang R (2018). Correlation judgment and visualization features: A comparative study. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 24. doi: 10.1109/TVCG.2018.2810918. (14 pages)
Rensink RA. (2017) The nature of correlation perception in scatterplots. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 24: 776-797. doi: 10.3758/s13423-016-1174-7.
Cramer ES, Dusko, MJ, and Rensink RA. (2016). Group-level differences in visual search asymmetry. Attention, Perception and Psychophysics, 78:1585-1602.
Kuhn G, and Rensink RA. (2016). The Vanishing Ball Illusion: A new perspective on the perception of dynamic events. Cognition, 148: 64-70.
Rensink RA, and Kuhn, G. (2015). The possibility of a science of magic. Frontiers in Psychology, 6, 1576, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.01576.
Olson JA, Amlani AA, Raz A, and Rensink RA. (2015). Influencing choice without awareness. Consciousness and Cognition, 37: 225-236:doi:10.1016/j.concog.2015.01.004.
Rensink RA. (2015). Preparing undergraduates for visual analytics. IEEE Computer Graphics and Applications, 35 (2), March/April. pp. 16-20.
Rensink RA, and Kuhn, G. (2015). A framework for using magic to study the mind. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 1508, 1-14. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01508
Boy J, Rensink RA, Bertini E, and Fekete J-D. (2014). A principled way of assessing visualization literacy. IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics, 20: 1963-1972. [IEEE VIS 2014, Paris, France, Nov 2014.]
Kuhn G, Caffarati HA, Teszka R, and Rensink RA. (2014). A psychologically-based taxonomy of misdirection. Frontiers in Psychology, 5:1392, 1-14. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01392
Rensink RA. (2014). Limits to the usability of iconic memory. Frontiers in Psychology, 5: 971, 1-9. doi:3389/fpsyg.2014.00971
Rensink RA (2014). A Function-Centered Taxonomy of Visual Attention. In P. Coates and S. Coleman (Eds.), Phenomenal Qualities: Sense, Perception, and Consciousness. Oxford: University Press. (31 pages.)
Rensink RA (2014). On the Prospects for a Science of Visualization. In W. Huang (Ed.), Handbook of Human Centric Visualization: Theories, Methodologies, and Case Studies. New York: Springer. pp. 147-175.
Rensink RA (2013). Perception and Attention. In D. Reisberg (ed). Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Psychology. Oxford: University Press. pp. 97-116.
Gauchou HL, Rensink RA, and Fels S (2012). Expression of nonconscious knowledge by ideomotor actions. Consciousness and Cognition, 21: 976-982.
Olson JA, Amlani AA, and Rensink RA (2012). Perceptual and cognitive characteristics of common playing cards. Perception, 41: 268-286.
Rensink RA (2011). The Management of Visual Attention in Graphic Displays. In C. Roda (ed.), Human Attention in Digital Environments. (40 pages) Cambridge: University Press.
Rensink RA, and Baldridge G (2010). The perception of correlation in scatterplots. Computer Graphics Forum, 29: 1203-1210.
Kuhn G, Amlani AA, and Rensink RA (2008). Towards a science of magic. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 12: 349-354.
Rensink RA (2004). Visual sensing without seeing. Psychological Science, 15: 27-32.
Rensink RA, and Cavanagh P (2004). Influence of cast shadows on visual search. Perception, 33: 1339-1358.
Rensink RA, O'Regan JK, and Clark JJ (1997). To see or not to see: The need for attention to perceive changes in scenes. Psychological Science, 8: 368-373.
- Killam Faculty Research Prize (2008)
- Killam Faculty Research Fellowship (2005)