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I pursue an understanding of non-verbal behavior specifically the way the face is perceived and have studied the skills, traits, and motives associated with qualities such as social dominance, power and leadership. Iam also interested in learning more about the mechanisms of social behavior in naturalistic settings and this has led me to study organizational behavior as well as effective student learning behavior. I joined my current institution in 2004, after holding a visiting fellowship in Behavioural Sciences at the National Institutes of Health, USA. I have over 100 publications (2019 H Index =40) and have secured approx £2.4m in research income to date. I served as Associate Editor for the journals Cognitive Neuroscience, Frontiers in Cognitive Science, Frontiers in Educational Psychology as well as The Leadership Quarterly and was elected a Fellow of the British Psychological Society in 2015. I am also a Visiting Professor to the University of Gibraltar.

Current Research Projects

1.     Examining the role that facial displays have in the communication of power and leadership especially in national politics e.g., US Presidential Debates, Brexit etc

Research Interests

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

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Research Output 1997 2020

A role for endogenous brain states in organizational research: moving toward a dynamic view of cognitive processes

Braeutigam, S., Lee, N. & Senior, C., 1 Jan 2019, In : Organizational Research Methods. 22, 1, p. 332-353 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Functional neuroimaging
Organizational research
Cognitive processes

Depression, auditory-verbal hallucinations, and delusions in patients with schizophrenia: Different patterns of association with prefrontal gray and white matter volume

Siddi, S., Nuñez, C., Senior, C., Preti, A., Cuevas-esteban, J., Ochoa, S., Brébion, G. & Stephan-otto, C., 30 Jan 2019, In : Psychiatry Research : Neuroimaging. 283, p. 55-63 9 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Affective Symptoms

Honeymoon or hangover? How election outcomes produce emotional shifts to winning candidate smiles

Stewart, P. A., Senior, C. & Bucy, E. P., 13 Sep 2019, In : Personality and Individual Differences. 152, 109599.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Surgical Instruments

Naming emotions in motion: Alexithymic traits impact the perception of implied motion in facial displays of affect

Senior, C., Hassel, S., Waheed, A. & Ridout, N., 3 Jan 2019, In : Emotion.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Motion Perception
Affective Symptoms
Facial Expression

A 10 year case study on the changing determinants of University student satisfaction in the UK

Burgess, A. P., Senior, C. & Moores, E., 23 Feb 2018, In : PLoS ONE. 13, 2, e0192976.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
college students
case studies
higher education


A multimodal investigation of dynamic face perception using functional magnetic resonance imaging and magnetoencephalography

Author: Foley, E., 2012

Supervisor: Rippon, G. M. (Supervisor) & Senior, C. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy


Activities 1999 2014

  • 14 Publication peer-review
  • 3 Editorial activity
  • 1 Membership of network

Leadership Quarterly (Journal)

Carl Senior (Peer reviewer)
Apr 2014

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

Frontiers in Cognitive Science (Journal)

Carl Senior (Editor)
2011 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

Instituto de Salud Carlos III (External organisation)

Carl Senior (Member)
2010 → …

Activity: Membership typesMembership of network

Cognitive Neuroscience (Journal)

Carl Senior (Editor)
2009 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesEditorial activity

Visual Cognition (Journal)

Carl Senior (Peer reviewer)
1999 → …

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial work typesPublication peer-review