Carl Senior

Reader in Psychology

Visiting Professor, University of Gibraltar  

MSc, MBA, PhD, C.Psychol, PFHEA, NTF, FBPsS

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

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

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

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I 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. 

Interested in studying for a PhD in the field of face perception ?          Drop me a line to discuss 

Department/ Research Group/ Centre /Unit

Psychology/  Basic and Applied NeurosciencesAston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing (ARCHA) /Social, Cognitive and Affective Research

Interested in my research on student engagement ? You can watch my TEDx 2015 talk here and download my book on the topic here.

* Latest book * Faces of Leaders, Palgrave Press - Due here 12/12/17

I have a longstanding research interest in ‘social’ cognitive neuroscience and examine the cognitive factors that moderate our behaviour in groups from a range of 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 such as Nature, Organisational Science, Current Biology. 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. Here my work has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Management, Leadership Quarterly, International Journal of Management Reviews, Harvard Business Review as well as Studies in Higher Education and Frontiers in Educational Psychology. I have also started to get interested in clinical pathology and in collaboration with colleagues at the University of Barcelona I am carrying a programme of work examining reality monitoring issues in severe Schizophrenia. Here our work has already started to appear in journals such as PLOS one, Schizophrenia Research and Cortex.

I currently sit on the editorial boards for The Leadership Quarterly and Frontiers in Educational Psychology - drop me a line if you are thinking of a potential submission to either of these journals.

                    My current research programme is supported by the                      Fondo de Investigación Sanitari and Tracksys