Christopher Thorstenson

Social Perception Researcher


My research program incorporates diverse methods to answer important social perception questions. I approach this primarily by studying the social information conveyed by facial coloration as a function of social situations, focusing on emotion, proceptivity, and intention.


My research is interdisciplinary, integrating principles from social cognition, affective science, evolutionary psychology, computational vision, psychophysics, and psychophysiology to guide my inquiries.


I investigate how face color (e.g., blushing, pallor) is expressed in social situations, detected by others, and used as information to influence social evaluations.

© 2017 by Christopher Thorstenson.



christopher.thorstenson AT wisc DOT edu