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Christopher Thorstenson

Christopher Thorstenson

Graduate Student
Entry Year: 2012-2013
Faculty Mentor(s): Andrew Elliot

497 Meliora Hall
(585) 276-7685
Fax: (585) 273-1100
c.thorstenson@rochester.edu


Research Overview

I am primarily interested in the social information that is conveyed through changes in facial coloration. I am exploring how the face changes color during emotion expression and social interaction, the underlying hemodynamic mechanisms responsible for such changes, and how these color changes are perceived and used as information by others.

I am also interested in the remote measurement of skin-color properties as indices of physiological states, and how emotion, mood, and clinical disorders influence perception.

Selected Publications

Published Manuscripts

  • Thorstenson, C. A., Pazda, A. D., & Elliot, A. J. (in press). Subjective perception of color differences is greater for faces versus nonfaces. Social Cognition.
  • Young, S. G., Thorstenson, C. A., & Pazda, A. D. (2016). Facial redness, expression, and masculinity influence perceptions of anger and health. Cognition and Emotion.
  • Thorstenson, C. A., Pazda, A. D., Elliot, A. J., & Perrett, D. I. (2016). Facial redness increases men's perceived healthiness and attractiveness. Perception. doi: 10.1177/0301006616680124
  • Pazda, A. D., Thorstenson, C. A., Elliot, A. J., & Perrett, D. I. (2016). Women's facial redness increases their perceived attractiveness: Mediation through perceived healthiness. Perception, 45, 739-754. doi: 10.1177/0301006616633386
  • Thorstenson, C. A., (2015). Functional equivalence of the color red and enacted avoidance behavior? Replication and empirical integration, Social Psychology. doi: 10/1027/1864-9335/a000245

Manuscripts under review & in preparation

  • Thorstenson, C.A., Elliot, A.J., Pazda, A.D., Perrett, D.I., & Xiao, D. (under revision). Emotion-color associations in the context of the face.
  • Pazda, A. D., & Thorstenson, C. A. (under revision). High-chroma colors increase perceived extraversion and openness for zero-acquaintance judgments.
  • Pazda, A. D., & Thorstenson, C. A.  (in preparation). Extraversion predicts a preference for high-chroma colors.
  • Thorstenson, C. A., & Pazda, A. D. (in preparation). The social psychophysics of human face color: Review and recommendations.
  • Thorstenson, C. A.,  Pazda, A. D., & Elliot, A. J. (in preparation). Color perception in clinical populations.

Conference Presentations

  • Thorstenson, C. A., Pazda, A. D., & Elliot, A. J. (2017,January). Perceived Health Mediates the Effect of Facial Redness on Men's Attractiveness. Poster presented at the 18th annual Society for Personality and Social Psychology meeting, San Antonio, TX.
  • Pazda, A. D., & Thorstenson, C. A. (2017, January). Personality Traits Predict Color Preferences. Poster presented at the 18th annual Society for Personality and Social Psychology meeting, San Antonio, TX.
  • Defontes, C., Reese, M., Thorstenson, C. A., Young, S. G., & Pazda, A. D. (2016, May). Facial redness influences social judgments differently depending on rating characteristics. Poster presented at the 3rd annual SPAWN CONFERENCE, Syracuse, NY.
  • Weissman, C., Mukherjee, l., Thorstenson, C. A., Pazda, A. D., & Elliot, A. J. (2016, May). Facial redness increases women's attractiveness: Mediation through perceived healthiness. Poster presented at the 3rd annual SPAWN CONFERENCE, Syracuse, NY.
  • Thorstenson, C.A.., Pazda, A.D., & Elliot, A.J., (2016, January). Faces Enhance Subjective Perception of Color Differences. Poster to be presented at the 17th annual SPSP meeting, San Diego, CA.
  • Boerner, A., Thorstenson, C.A.., Pazda, A.D., & Elliot, A.J. (2015, May). Faces enhance perception of color differences. Poster presented at the 2nd annual SPAWN conference, Buffalo NY.
  • Bendesky, S., Thorstenson, C.A.., Pazda, A.D., & Elliot, A.J. (2015, May). Sadness impairs color perception. Poster presented at the 2nd annual SPAWN conference, Buffalo, NY.
  • Hallagan, C., Johnson, E., Pazda, A.D., Thorstenson, C.A.., & Elliot, A.J. (2015, May). Bold colors and bold personalities; High chroma colors increase perceived extraversion and openness for zero-acquaintance judgments. Poster presented at the 2nd annual SPAWN conference, Buffalo, NY.
  • Brimmer, M., Pazda, A.D., Thorstenson, C.A.., & Elliot, A.J. (2015, May). The redder the better: Facial redness on men increases their attractiveness. Poster presented at the 2nd annual SPAWN conference, Buffalo, NY.
  • Thorstenson, C.A.., Pazda, A.D., & Elliot, A.J. (2015, February). Mood Influences Color Perception. Poster presented at the 16th annual SPSP meeting, Long Beach, CA.
  • Oh, D., Hernandez, E., Thorstenson, C. A., Pazda, A. D., & Elliot, A. E. (2014, May). Depression and color perception. Poster presented at the 1st Annual SPAWN conference, Rochester, NY.
  • Ortiz, J., Bendesky, D., Thorstenson, C. A., & Elliot, A. E. (2014, May). Facial color-emotion associations. Poster presented at the 1st Annual SPAWN conference, Rochester, NY.
  • Thorstenson, C. A., Steele, K.M., & Elliot, A. E. (2013, May). Red and Enacted Avoidance Influence Visual Attention. Poster presented at the 25th annual APS Convention, Washington, DC.
  • Steele, K. M., Thorstenson, C. A., Sugg, K., Gurgainous, E., Stecher, A., Putnam, E.,& Antolic, E. (2011, November). Red, white, & blue: Does background color affect solving anagrams? Poster presented at the 52nd annual meeting of The Psychonomic Society, Seattle, WA.
  • Thorstenson, C. A., Putnam, E., Ayers, A., Tracy, S., Antolic, E., & Steele, K. M. (2011, April). Does Color Influence Anagram Solution Speed or Problem Solving Strategy? Poster presented at the meeting of the North Carolina Psychological Association, Chapel Hill, NC.

Teaching

  • Instructor: Social Psychology (upcoming Summer 2017)
  • Instructor: Graduate Teaching Workshops (co-instructor, 2016, 2017)
  • Instructor: Abnormal Psychology (UR; Summer 2015)
  • Instructor: Introduction to Psychology (Fall 2011, Spring 2012)
  • Teaching Assistant: Psychology of Consumerism (UR: Spring 2017)
  • Teaching Assistant: Data Analysis: Regression (Spring 2016, 2017)
  • Teaching Assistant: Psychology of Gender (UR; Fall 2015)
  • Teaching Assistant: Introduction to Psychology (Fall, 2014)
  • Teaching Assistant: Introduction to Statistics in Psychology (Fall 2013)
  • Teaching Assistant: Social Psychology and Individual Differences (UR; Spring 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)
  • Guest Lectures: Social Cognition (Fall 2016)
  • Guest Lectures: Computational Vision - Psychophysics (Fall 2014)
  • Guest Lectures: Teaching Psychology (Spring 2012)
  • Guest Lectures: Introduction to Psychology (Spring 2011, Summer 2016)

Additional

Education

  • Ph.D. - Social & Personality Psychology - University of Rochester, anticipated 2018
  • M.S. - Color Science - Rochester Institute of Technology, anticipated 2017
  • M.A. - Experimental Psychology - Appalachian State University, 2012
  • B.S. - Psychology, Philosophy - Florida State University, 2009