Professor David Bunce
- Position: Emeritus Professor of Psychology
- Areas of expertise: Cognition; ageing; dementia; cognitive neuropsychology; intraindividual reaction time variability; falls
- Email: D.Bunce@leeds.ac.uk
- Phone: +44(0)113 343 6657
- Location: Psychology Building
I am Emeritus Professor of Psychology in the School of Psychology and specialise in the study of cognitive ageing and dementia. I conducted my PhD and post-doctoral research at the MRC/ESRC Social and Applied Psychology Unit, University of Sheffield.
I 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.
In 2013, I was appointed Leadership Chair in Cognitive Psychology in the School of Psychology, University of Leeds.
My 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.
I have 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 I have held visiting positions at the University of New South Wales (Sydney) and the Australian National University (Canberra).
I have 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.