Chris studies how people perceive and evaluate color appearance of human faces. He investigates how faces change color during social interaction, and how these color changes are perceived and used as social information by others. This research also extends to 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).
His research focuses largely on the relations between color perception, face appearance, social perception, and the communication of emotion.
In the News
June 11, 2022
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The BBC features research by Christopher Thorstenson, assistant professor in the color science program.