Cognitive science is something I studied at University, and has impacted the way I look at design today. I think its fascinating the way some psychological theories of the human mind actually play a deep role in the way we interact with design subconsciously.
Here’s a presentation by Alex Faaborg
Alex talks about human perception and cognition, and its implications for interactive and visual design. Specific topics include: edge detection, gestalt laws of grouping, peripheral vision, geons and object recognition, facial recognition, color deficiencies, change blindness, flow, attention, cognitive load balancing, and the perception of time.