BA Pomona College, 1998
PhD MIT, 2005
Visual perception and person perception
Richard Russell regularly teaches classes on sensory perception and research methods.
Work in his laboratory is focused on developing a biolgically-based account of how and why makeup works, and understanding how we perceive faces and make inferences about people from their facial appearance. This involves investigating physical differences between faces, such as how the face changes with age, how male and female faces differ, and how do the faces of healthy and unhealthy people differ. The work also involves studying how we form impressions of other people, such as how old they are, how healthy they are, and whether we find them attractive.