Carl Senior

THE awards 2012

Associate Dean, Learning & Teaching

Reader in Psychology, 

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


Research Theme

Vision, Hearing and Language

Research Centre                                                      

Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA) 

Research interests

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 the Fellowship of The British Psychological Society (AFBPsS, 2011) and I am also a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

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.    


   The State of the Art in Student Engagement                

                        Frontiers in Educational Psychology                     


Senior C, Howard CD, & Yeats R. (2014). The Future and the Female Academic Leader: Advancing Student Engagement. Frontiers in Educational Psychology. 5:377. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00377

Senior C, Reddy P and Senior R (2014) The relationship between student employability and student engagement: working toward a more unified theory. Front. Psychol. 5:238. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.0023

Gohier B, Senior C, Radua J, El Hage W, Phillips M.L, & Surguladze S.A (2014). Genetic modulation of the response bias to facial displays of anger or happiness. European Psychiatry. 29(4). 197-202. 

Senior C and Howard C (2014). Learning in friendship groups: developing students' conceptual understanding through social interaction. Frontiers in Educational Psychology 5:1031. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.01031

 I am also a member of the editorial boards for the journals, Cognitive NeuroscienceFrontiers in Cognitive Science and Frontiers in Educational Psychology (please contact me if you would like to discuss a potential submission).     

Ph.D Students

Elaine Foley ‘Multimodal imaging of dynamic face perception’ : Successfully defended (04/2012).

Steffen Fixson ‘Salesperson relationship building activities and new retail product offerings’: Successfully defended (12/2012).

Baljit Gill ‘Factors driving mature student participation in higher education’: Due to submit (09/2017).

Holly O’ Broin ‘Selection for short-term project team members: developmental stability as an indicator for effective teamwork skills’: Due to submit (12/2014).

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Dr Carl Senior / Aston University / last updated 07/20.

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