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 extend these lines of research toward other types of social agents (real people, but also virtual and artificial representations of people through video, digital avatars, and social robots), and different types of interactive environments (real life, conventional displays, virtual & augmented reality).


Christopher Thorstenson

Social Color Perception Researcher