About Me

I am an Assistant Professor in the Program of Color Science & Munsell Color Science Laboratory at Rochester Institute of Technology.  


My research explores how the human face and the visual system interact, forming a powerful tool to transmit the myriad information that regulates social interactions. I am particularly interested in the social information that is conveyed through changes in facial coloration. I investigate how the face changes color during social interaction, and how these color changes are perceived and used as social information by others. I am also interested in the characterization of skin color, visualizing and communicating information through color, and color-emotion associations. 


Christopher Thorstenson

Social Color Perception Researcher