Podcast on NASA’s Blueshift

There is a real desire to study how we understand science images. How do we learn from these images? How much do variations in presentation affect comprehension? Are there differences between experts and novices in terms of what we take away from the images?

NASA’s Blueshift podcast interviewed Dr. Randall Smith of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, a collaborator on the Aesthetics & Astronomy project that is looking into how the public perceives multi-wavelength astronomical imagery. Randall shares some surprising early results from the project that may change the way we communicate with images.

The Science of Pretty Pictures
Listen to the podcast. (7MB MP3)
Transcript (Text, PDF)

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