Carl Senior

Associate Dean, Learning & Teaching

Reader in Behavioural Sciences,  

Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 

National Teaching Fellow,

Fellow of The British Psychological Society, 

BSc (Hons), MSc, MBA, PhD, PGCert, C.Psychol.

Psychology, Life & Health SciencesAston University, Birmingham, B4 7ET

Room: SW(509b) Tel: 0121 204 4068 (direct)

For all appointments: https://wass.aston.ac.uk/

For all requests for reference letters: http://www.aston.ac.uk/map

I also welcome enquiries from PhD-qualified researchers from all countries outside the UK wishing to apply for a European Commission-funded Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship to come and work with us at AstonSubject areas might include the social mechanisms of leadership, power and dominance, the role that facial displays of emotion have in mediating social dominance, the effects of such displays in political discourse and organisational practice. Please contact me directly for further information. 

Research Group

Basic and Applied Neurosciences

Research centre                                                  

Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA)

You can watch my TEDx 2015 talk here and download the associated book here.

 What Is the Role for Effective Pedagogy In Contemporary Higher Education?

I am a Reader in Psychology in the School of Life & Health Sciences, Aston University, UK. I am also a member of the British Academy of Management (2008–), British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience (2006–2008) and The New York Academy of Sciences (2000–2006). I have been a member of The British Psychological Society (since 1998 and C.Psychol since 2008), and a full member of the Division of Occupational Psychology (2009-) and Division of Teachers and Researchers in Psychology (2011-) and in 2011 I was elected to Associate Fellow (AFBPsS, 2011) and in 2015 I was elected to Fellow of the British Psychological Society and I am also a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a National Teaching Fellow.

I have a longstanding research interest in ‘social’ cognitive neuroscience. As such, I examine the cognitive factors that moderate our behaviour in groups and I do so from different perspectives. For over a decade, I have examined a range of behavioural moderators e.g., perception of faces, beauty, social status etc and have published extensively in various high impact journals. Recently, I have become interested in exploring ‘applied’ social cognitive neuroscience and use educational or organisational scenarios as a means to examine the cognitive mechanisms of group behaviour in an applied context.