Carl Senior

Associate Dean, Learning & Teaching

Reader in Psychology,  

Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, 

Fellow of the British Psychological Society, 

Trustee of the British Psychological Society,

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

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


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 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.

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.                      


Gill, B., Hayes, S. Senior, C. (2015). The effects of family support and gender on mature student engagement in higher education. Frontiers in Educational Psychology 6:156. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00156

Senior, C. & Howard C.D. (2015). The state of the art in student engagement. Frontiers in Educational Psychology 6:355. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00355

Senior C, Lee N., & Braeutigam S. (2015). Society, Organizations and the Brain: building towards a unified cognitive neuroscience perspective. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience 9:289. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00289

 Butler MJR., OBrioin, H, Lee, N. & Senior, C. (2015, in press). How Organizational Cognitive Neuroscience can deepen our understanding of managerial decision-making – A review of the recent literature and future directions. International Journal of Management Reviews

 I am also a member of the editorial boards for the journals Frontiers 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).

Holly O’ Broin ‘Selection for short-term project team members: developmental stability as an indicator for effective teamwork skills’: Due to submit (12/2015).

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

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