Professor David Bunce


David Bunce is a cognitive neuropsychologist who specialises in the study of cognitive ageing and dementia. David Bunce conducted PhD and post-doctoral research at the MRC/ESRC Social and Applied Psychology Unit, University of Sheffield. He then served as a Lecturer and a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Psychology, Goldsmiths University of London before moving to Brunel University London as a Professor of Psychology. Since 2013, he has held a Leadership Chair in Cognitive Psychology in the School of Psychology, University of Leeds.

Prof Bunce’s ageing and cognition research falls into 4 main areas: The early detection of cognitive impairment and dementia in old age; The impact of attention on wider cognition and the performance of everyday tasks such as driving, and the incidence of falls in old age; The association between the genetic factor apolipoprotein E (APOE) and cognition across the lifespan; The relationship between depression, anxiety and cognition in old age.

The above work uses both experimental laboratory-based and large-scale epidemiological methodologies. Prof Bunce has collaborated with leading experts in the field of ageing and dementia in several countries including Australia, Canada, Sweden, Switzerland, the UK and the US, and he currently holds visiting positions at the University of New South Wales (Sydney) and the Australian National University (Canberra).

He has received research funding from various sources including ESRC, the Wellcome Trust, British Academy and Royal Society and recently held a Leverhulme Research Fellowship for research into cognitive ageing and dementia.



  • Director of Research and Innovation, School of Psychology
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