Melissa Schoenlein

Credentials: Graduate Student, Department of Psychology


Phone: (567) 686-5631


BS 2018, Psychology, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH

(Current) PhD Student, Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Research Interests:

Melissa Schoenlein’s vision research largely lies in understanding aspects of visual perception and cognition. As a researcher in the Visual Reasoning Lab in the Psychology department and Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, her work focuses on understanding how people form conceptual inferences from visual input. In particular, she studies how people form color-concept associations that are used to make inferences about the meanings of colors.  She also studies how using color as a grouping mechanism might enable transfer of knowledge across concepts.  Her work has implications for understanding the processes that support human visual perception and cognition, and for applying such knowledge to designing effective information visualizations.  She also aims to direct these research questions to educational settings to better understand how visual features can enhance or hinder learning in the classroom.

Her past research has included studying visual perception of 3D motion in virtual reality, detection of changes in flicker tasks as a measure of change blindness, and visual length discrimination in pigeons.