Professor David Benton
Professor
Psychology
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

Publications

  1. & The Effect of Hypo-Hydration on Mood and Cognition Is Influenced by Electrolyte in a Drink and Its Colour: A Randomised Trial. Nutrients 11(9), 2002
  2. & Acute and repetitive fronto-cerebellar tDCS stimulation improves mood in non-depressed participants. Experimental Brain Research 236(1), 83-97.
  3. & Interoceptive accuracy moderates the response to a glucose load: a test of the predictive coding framework. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 286(1898), 20190244
  4. & Role of fruit juice in achieving the 5-a-day recommendation for fruit and vegetable intake. Nutrition Reviews
  5. & Getting to the heart of the matter: Does aberrant interoceptive processing contribute towards emotional eating?. PLOS ONE 12(10), e0186312

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Teaching

  • 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.

Supervision

  • Validating Heart Rate Variability as a Bio-marker to Study the Influence of a western diet and low inhibitory control on Physiological and Psychological Health from an introspective inference perspective. (current)

    Student name:
    MPhil
    Other supervisor: Dr Hayley Young
  • Hydration, Cognition and Physiological Behaviour (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    Other supervisor: Dr Libby Ellins
    Other supervisor: Dr Hayley Young
  • The influence of various nutrients on glyceimic control, mood, and cognition in older adults. (current)

    Student name:
    PhD
    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