Carl Senior

THE awards 2012

Associate Dean, Learning & Teaching

Reader in Psychology, 

BSc (Hons), MSc, MBA, PhD, PGCert, SFHEA


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). 

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.    


Society, Organizations and the Brain: building towards a unified cognitive neuroscience.

                Frontiers in Human Neuroscience                     


Gohier B, Senior C, Young AW, Brittain PJ, El Hage W, Law V, Phillips M.L, & Surguladze S.A. (2013). Gender differences in the sensitivity to negative stimuli: Cross-modal affective priming study. European Psychiatry. 28(2). 74-80   

Tissington P, & Senior C. (2013). Use of social media to enable medical teams to work virtually (and better). The Lancet. 381(9876). 11. 

Gohier B, Senior CRadua J, El Hage W, Phillips M.L, & Surguladze S.A (2013, in press). Genetic modulation of the response bias to facial displays of anger or happiness. European Psychiatry

 Senior C, & Lee N. (2013, in press). The state of the art in organisational cognitive neuroscience: The therapeutic gap and possible implications for clinical practice. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

I am also Associate Editor for the journals, Cognitive Neuroscience and Frontiers in Cognitive Science (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 07/2013.

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