Dr Carl Senior is a Reader in Psychology at Aston University. An inspirational essay, titled ‘The Smile’ by Alan Lightman directed his research towards face perception and facial displays, first using brain imaging and then through behaviour observation in the social world, using the FaceReader software. He refers to pivotal people, such as Professor Anthony David, that helped steer his path, and the importance of embracing failure. Carl looks in detail at how the eye brow position facilitates dominance, and has measured the facial displays of leaders such as Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton. He is extending his research to explore the emotional responses of supporters to their favoured leader before and after elections.
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