Karen Schloss

Karen Schloss
Assistant Professor
330 North Orchard Street, Room 3178
Madison WI 53715
Preferred pronouns: she/her/hers
Joined WID: 2016

Visual perception and cognition in information visualization and virtual reality.


Karen Schloss is an Assistant Professor at the University of Wisconsin – Madison in the Department of Psychology and Wisconsin Institute for Discovery. Her Visual Reasoning Lab studies color cognition, information visualization, perceptual organization, and navigation in virtual environments. She received her BA from Barnard College, Columbia University in 2005, with a major in Psychology and a minor in Architecture. She completed her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley in 2011 and continued on as a Postdoctoral Scholar from 2011-2013. She spent three years as an Assistant Professor of Research in the Department of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences at Brown University before joining the faculty at UW – Madison in 2016.


  • Ph.D., Psychology, University of California, Berkeley
  • B.A., Psychology, Barnard College, Columbia University


  • Vision Sciences Society
  • Psychonomic Society
  • Females of Vision, et al. (FoVea)
  • Women in Cognitive Science