Professor David Benton
Telephone: (01792) 295607
Room: Office - 908B
Ninth Floor
Vivian Building
Singleton Campus

After an undergraduate training in Psychology I studied Biochemical Pharmacology and since then have examined the association between aspects of biology and psychological functioning.  For the last 25 years I have used diet to influence brain chemistry and hence behaviour with the objectives of developing either food items, or making dietary recommendations, that will facilitate health, mood and cognitive functioning.  I have published over 200 research publications and over the last 15 years have received more than a hundred invitations to speak in over 25 countries.

  • BSc, University of Aston
  • PhD, University of Birmingham
  • DSc, University of Aston
  • MSc, Biochemical Pharmacology, University of Southampton


  1. & Getting to the heart of the matter: Does aberrant interoceptive processing contribute towards emotional eating?. PLOS ONE 12(10), e0186312
  2. & We should be using nonlinear indices when relating heart-rate dynamics to cognition and mood. Scientific Reports 5, 16619
  3. & A meta-analysis of the relationship between brain dopamine receptors and obesity: a matter of changes in behavior rather than food addiction?. International Journal of Obesity 40, S12-S21.
  4. The use of moderated mediated analysis to study the influence of hypo-hydration on working memory. Nutrición Hospitalaria 33(3)
  5. & Minor degree of hypohydration adversely influences cognition: a mediator analysis. American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 104, 603-612.

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  • PSY319 Final Year Independent Research Project

    Students conduct an independent research project under the supervision of a member of staff. The research topic is decided in conjunction with supervisors and Research topics. Students must obtain ethical approval, design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

  • PSY351 Nutrition and Behaviour

    After initially discussing both macro- and micro-nutrients their roles in the development of the brain and their influence on mood and cognition will be examined. The influence of diet at different stages of the entire life cycle will be considered: in particular in the early stages when the brain is developing and in the aging process. Specifically their role in the development of dementia will be discussed.


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    Other supervisor: Dr Hayley Young
  • If empathy, psychopathy, alexythemia and personality dynamics effect ability to work in a team in ways such as risk taking, decision making, and personal aspects: heart rate synchronicity, blood pressure, stress levels and task satisfaction (current)

    Student name:
    Other supervisor: Dr Hayley Young

Research Groups

  • Forensic Research Group

    The Forensic Research Group investigates legal process, offending behaviours, and investigative assessments. Undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Department of Psychology are involved in this work.

  • Neuroimaging Group

    The Neuroimaging Group investigates brain function, structure, and neurochemistry of cognitive processes. Undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Department of Psychology are involved in this work.

  • SNAC

    The Swansea Nutrition, Appetite and Cognition Group investigates psychology of eating behaviour and the effects of eating and drinking on mood, behaviour, and cognition. Undergraduate and postgraduate students in the Department of Psychology are involved in this work.

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Advisor to REF process - Department of Psychology

    2014 - Present

  • Chair equipment committee - Department of Psychology

    2010 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
1971 1973 Occupational Psychologist Rolls-Royce, Derby
1973 Present Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, Reader and Chair Swansea University