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. Benton, D. & Young, H. Water: The Cinderella Nutrient. The Journal of Nutrition, 149(12), 2081-2082.
  2. Young, H., Gaylor, C., Kerckhove, D., Watkins, H., & Benton, D. 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
  3. Benton, D. & Young, H. Role of fruit juice in achieving the 5-a-day recommendation for fruit and vegetable intake. Nutrition Reviews
  4. Young, H., Williams, C., Pink, A., Freegard, G., Owens, A., & Benton, D. Getting to the heart of the matter: Does aberrant interoceptive processing contribute towards emotional eating?. PLOS ONE, 12(10), e0186312
  5. Young, H. & Benton, D. We should be using nonlinear indices when relating heart-rate dynamics to cognition and mood. Scientific Reports, 5, 16619

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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 design, conduct, analyse and write up a piece of research in order to achieve Graduate Basis for Chartership with the British Psychological Society (BPS). They must also complete an Ethical Considerations Form, showing that they have considered and resolved ethical issues relating to their project.

  • 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.


  • Associations between disorders eating, obesity and interoception (current)

    Other supervisor: Dr Hayley Young
  • Affect of Interoceptive awareness and Alexithymia on performance (current)

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

    Other supervisor: Dr Hayley Young
  • Untitled (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Jason Davies
  • Hydration, Cognition and Physiological Behaviour (awarded 2020)

    Other supervisor: Dr Libby Ellins
    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