Dr. Micheal Bunting joined the research faculty of the University of Maryland at College Park in 2005, where he is currently a Research Scientist and Director for Cognitive Security and Information Operations with the University of Maryland Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and Security, a University-Affiliated Research Center (UARC) of the United States Department of Defense supporting the Intelligence Community. Bunting is also a faculty affiliate of the University of Maryland’s Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) Program and the Department of Psychology.
Prior to his present appointment with ARLIS, Dr. Bunting served on the leadership team of the University of Maryland Center for Advanced Study of Language (CASL), as Director of Research (6/2015-7/2019) and Area Director of Cognitive Psychology (12/2010-06/2015). During his tenure with CASL, he led several programs in language aptitude and assessment and created programs in cognitive training and aptitude for cybersecurity, data science, application development, and computer languages. Bunting is co-inventor of the Computer Language Aptitude Battery (CLAB), Computer Language Proficiency Test (CLPT), Cyber Aptitude and Talent Assessment (CATA), and High-Level Language Aptitude Battery (Hi-LAB), and he has created two educational technology companies with start-up investments from the State of Maryland’s TEDCO program.
Dr. Bunting has mentored dozens of professional track faculty and students. He has authored 35 peer-reviewed articles and chapters, produced an edited volume on cognitive and working memory training for Oxford University Press, and written some 100 technical reports. Bunting is a member of the Psychonomic Society and the Association for Psychological Science. He holds M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Illinois at Chicago’s program in Cognitive Psychology, with a minor concentration in statistics, methods, and measurement. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the Missouri Rehabilitation Research Training Program and Dr. Nelson Cowan’s Attention and Working Memory Laboratory at the University of Missouri at Columbia. In 2006, he received a new investigator award from the American Psychological Association Division of Experimental Psychology.