Christopher Thorstenson

Christopher Thorstenson
330 North Orchard Street, Room 3235A-1
Madison WI 53715
Preferred pronouns: he/him/his
Joined WID: 2019

The role of facial color in social perception


  • BS, Psychology, Florida State University
  • MA, Experimental Psychology, Appalachian State University 
  • MS, Color Science, Rochester Institute of Technology 
  • PhD, Social-Personality Psychology, University of Rochester 

Research Description

I study how facial coloration (e.g., blushing, pallor) changes during social situations (e.g., emotion expression), how these changes are detected by the human visual system, and how it is used as working information to influence social evaluations.