Mark Kohler

Dr Mark Kohler

Senior Lecturer

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

Eligible to supervise Masters and PhD - email supervisor to discuss availability.


My research broadly focuses on cognitive and behavioural development and psychophysiology. I have specific expertise in the areas of child sleep and cognition, sleep disorders, and memory, and began my current position in 2018, after working as Senior Lecturer and Program Director for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of South Australia since 2010. Prior to this I completed a post-doctoral research position in Paediatrics and the University of Adelaide.

My research focuses on cognitive and behavioural development and psychophysiology. I have specific expertise in the areas of child sleep and cognition, sleep disorders, and memory, child engagement with nature, as well as interest in the interaction of child health, lifestyle factors and well-being. In 2019 I established the Adelaide Brain & Cognitive Development laboratory (ABCDlab), a small research group with a core focus on child learning, and the factors which impact this. I am a current member of the Environment Institute at the University of Adelaide.

In 2020 the following topics are available for Honours supervision (all positions now filled):

1.  The impact of font on memory. This project uses EEG in an experimental paradigm to explore the influence of font difficulty (also known as ‘fluency’) on encoding and memory for written content.

2.  Measuring sleepiness and fatigue in children. This project will use existing qualitative data to extract items relating to fatigue that are distinct from sleepiness in children. The data would ultimately be used to develop new assessment items for children. Co-supervised by Professor Jaklin Eliott.

3.  Patterns of memory and reasoning in children. This new project will develop and run a paradigm in children to assess how well children can generalise items versus recognise the distinctiveness of an item found amongst similar items. Co-supervised by Dr Rachael Stephens

4.  Measures of sleep disturbance in children. This project will use existing physiological and psychometric data to compare different measures of sleep quality in children, and consider how these measures relate to daytime cognitive and behavioural outcomes.

Enquiries for postgraduate supervision are invited in any of the areas of child sleep, memory and learning development, nature-based learning.

Current funding:

Braysher Management Fund, Australasian Wildlife Management Society. Project: 'The impact of nature based learning on child well-being and connectedness to nature'.

Phillips Foundation. Project: 'The Roots and Shoots Resource Box Program' (in collaboration with Jane Goodall Institute Australia). See https://rootsandshoots.org.au/resourcebox/

I currently teach into research methods in psychology and cognitive psychology. I have prior experience teaching into cognitive neuroscience topics and developmental psychology.

  • Position: Senior Lecturer
  • Phone: 83138215
  • Email: mark.kohler@adelaide.edu.au
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Hughes, floor 5
  • Room: 514
  • Org Unit: Psychology

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