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Visualization Friday Forum
Lee Sorensen, Duke Visual Studies Librarian
Pictures ("visual information") require the same critical judgment texts do. Just as some texts don't tell the truth--intentionally or unintentionally--the same is true with images. As researchers seek to represent data in visual forms--and as the public is evermore saturated with pictures to persuade opinion--it's necessary to understand both how humans natively understand images and how the public can be educated for more objective conclusions to complex images. Approaching image representation as a tool rather than as an immutable result must be the goal of every visually literate person. Using the University's "How Do You Look" initiative for understanding visual information, this talk will address techniques in teaching visual literacy based on how they are understood and learned.