Steve Franconeri is an associate professor of psychology at Northwestern. His research is on visual attention, visual structure representation, number perception, and object tracking.

Franconeri's laboratory explores how our visual system receives a raw image and transforms it into objects and relations:

  • how we group objects together
  • how we count
  • how we know whether one object is larger, brighter, or farther to the right than another
  • how we track objects over space & time
  • why our visual system encounters limitations in how many things we can process at once


PhD, Psychology, Cognition, Brain, & Behavior, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

MA, Psychology, Cognition, Brain, & Behavior, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

BA, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Rutgers University, Newark, NJ

Research Interests

Statistical design of industrial and simulation experiments; engineering design and development; quality improvement and quality control; applied statistical methods

Significant Recognition

Psychonomic Society Outstanding Young Investigator Award, 2013

National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2011

Izaak Walton Killam Memorial Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2004-2006

National Defense Science and Engineering Graduate Fellowship, 2001-2004