About Me

I am a Postdoctoral Research Associate working in the Department of Psychology & the Wisconsin Institute for Discovery at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I will be an Assistant Professor in the Munsell Color Science Laboratory at Rochester Institute of Technology in 2021. 


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. 


Christopher Thorstenson

Social Color Perception Researcher