Holly Huey.

Exploring how humans communicate through visual representations

Today, we are inundated with images. Swipe right on this. Close ad there. Follow that arrow to get here. Our lives are filled with visual images. In fact, visual communication is a defining characteristic of what it means to be human.

Visualizations of thought predate records of written language by thousands of years and are ubiquitous across cultures. From ancient illustrations of animals and landscapes to modern schematics of aerospace mechanics, visual communication has proven to be a durable means for transmitting knowledge to others. Yet how are we able to learn and convey so much meaning through visual form? And how does this ability grow over development?

My work aims to answer these questions by drawing upon tools of computer vison and cognitive science.

I'm a PhD student in Psychology at the University of California, San Diego. I work with Dr. Judy Fan (Cognitive Tools Lab) and Dr. Caren Walker (Early Learning & Cognition Lab). Before graduate school, I studied Philosophy and the History of Mathematics & Sciences at St. John's College.

Here's a recent CV.


My work explores questions like:

How do we communicate causal knowledge through visual form?
How do we learn to communicate abstract concepts across childhood?

Designed by Holly Huey. Photo credit: Petrina Chan (headshot) & Terra Huey (headshot art)