Nicholas Burns

Professor Nicholas Burns

Professor

School of Psychology

Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences

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


Professor Nicholas Burns.

My research has as a common theme the assessment of subtle changes in cognitive function that arise as a result of, for example, environmental neurotoxins, nootropic supplements, other drugs, or both normal and pathological ageing. More recently, we have begun to investigate the genetics of individual differences in learning; as well as examining relationships between learning and intelligence.

Critically, my work is very much cross-disciplinary and large scale whereby my expertise in cognitive assessment, psychometrics and statistical methods complements the expertise of my colleagues.

2001-2002: Attentional abilities: Defining their structure and function in the cognitive universe. Australian Research Council Large Research Grant. NR Burns & T Nettelbeck.

2002-2004: Speed of information processing across the ages: The structure of cognitive abilities in children, adults, and the elderly. Australian Research Council Discovery Grant. NR Burns & T Nettelbeck.

2006-2008. Lead, intelligence, and behavioural problems in children. National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant. P Bagurst, M Sawyer, NR Burns & T Nettelbeck.

2007-2008. Impact of nutrition, including long-chain Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids, on cognition and functional ageing. Brailsford Robertson Award. V Danthiir, C Wilson, T Nettelbeck, NR Burns & G Wittert.

2007-2009. Declining mental efficiency, cognitive performance and individual differences in aged function. Australian Research Council Discovery Grant. T Nettelbeck, NR Burns & G Wittert.

2008. Corticospinal function and motor and cognitive development in preterm and term children. Channel 7 Children's Research Foundation. JB Pitcher, JS Robinson, RR Haslam, TJ Nettelbeck, & NR Burns.

2009-2011. Testing the effect of long-chain Omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on cognitive ageing in the elderly. National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant. V Danthiir, C Wilson, T Nettelbeck, NR Burns, & P Clifton.

2009-2011. The cognitive impact of opioids during chronic administration. National Health and Medical Research Council Project Grant. JM White, T Nettelbeck, NR Burns & A Szomoygi.

2015. Assessing the utility of an online adaptive learning tool in a large undergraduate programme. Office for Learning and Teaching Seed Project. M Dry, C Due, A Chur-Hansen, NR Burns.

2018. Minimizing blood pressure variability with antihypertensive drugs to reduce dementia risk: an IPD meta-analysis of cohort studies in the CAPA consortium. Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation RC-201711-2014067. PJ Tully, C Tzourio, K Anstey, R Peters, D Turnbull, NR Burns, S Cosh.

2019-2021. Investigating differences in decision-making ability in older adults. Australian Research Council Discovery Grant. I Baetu, L Collins-Praino, S Cohen-Woods, A Moustafa, NR Burns.

2019. The importance of blood pressure and its variability to dementia: an individual participant data meta-analysis from the VARIABLE BRAIN consortium. Dementia Australia Research Foundation Project Grant. PJ Tully, DA Turnbull, A Vincent, NR Burns. $50,000

2019-2022. The evolution of decision-making impairment in Parkinson’s disease: Prediction and prevention. James and Diana Ramsey Foundation. Lyndsey Collins-Praino, Irina Baetu, Sarah Cohen-Woods, NR Burns, Oren Griffiths.

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  • Current Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2019 Co-Supervisor Belief in a Just World, Meaning in Life, and Wellbeing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jonathan David Bartholomaeus
    2018 Co-Supervisor An Exploration of the Role of Working Memory in Associative Learning Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Brittany Dorothy Amelia Child
    2017 Co-Supervisor The interaction between attention and learning Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Salvatore Simone Russo
    2017 Co-Supervisor Exploring the Building Blocks of Human Associative Learning Using Electroencephalography Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Lauren Mary Heidenreich
    2016 Co-Supervisor High Functioning Addiction Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ross Edward Comley
    2016 Principal Supervisor Investigating the Relationship between the Event Related Potential and Neural Indices of Cognitive Performance and Response Inhibition. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Nathan Daniel Beu
    2015 Co-Supervisor Sensorimotor Control Across the Lifespan Doctor of Philosophy with Master of Psychology (Organisational and Human Factors) Doctorate Full Time Jessica Lee O'Rielly
  • Past Higher Degree by Research Supervision (University of Adelaide)

    Date Role Research Topic Program Degree Type Student Load Student Name
    2014 - 2017 Principal Supervisor Seeing Reason: Visuospatial Ability, Sex Differences and the Raven's Progressive Matrices Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Nicolette Amanda Reed Waschl
    2014 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Do Investment Traits Intellectual Curiosity and Confidence Predict Academic Performance? Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Christopher John Powell
    2013 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Cognitive Predictors of Driving Ability in Older Adults Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Nicole Valenzisi
    2010 - 2016 Co-Supervisor A Journey Through Time and Space: The Spatiotemporal Profile of Attention Relative to Saccade and Reach Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Emma Elizabeth Marshall Stewart
    2009 - 2017 Co-Supervisor Task Parameters Shape Goal Directed Movement Performance Under Dual Task Conditions Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Heidi Dorothy Long
    2008 - 2014 Co-Supervisor The Identification and Measurement of Barriers to Forgiveness Following an Interpersonal Transgression Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mrs Heather Pearce
    2008 - 2014 Co-Supervisor Subjective Wellbeing in Healthy, Community-Dwelling, Older Adults: Measurement Operationalisations and Examination of Folate, Vitamin B12, Homocysteine and Omega-3 Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids as Potential Predictors Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Miss Laura Catherine Edney
    2006 - 2011 Principal Supervisor Auditory Measures of Intelligence and Intelligence-Related Functions: Where Have We Come From and Where to From Here? Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Ian Zajac
    2006 - 2011 Principal Supervisor An Investigation of the Effects of Lead on Children's Cognitive Abilities Master of Psychology (Clinical)/Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Rachel Earl
    2006 - 2008 Co-Supervisor A Test of Competing Models to Predict Suicidality in Patients and Students in Taiwan Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Yung-Li Ku
    2005 - 2011 Co-Supervisor The Influence of Cerebral Lateralisation on the Behaviour of the Domestic Dog (Canis familiaris) Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Luke Schneider
    2005 - 2007 Co-Supervisor Comparing Models of Symmetry Perception Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Matthew Dry
    2004 - 2009 Principal Supervisor A Psychophysiological Perspective on Vulvodynia Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Mr Marek Jantos
    2004 - 2008 Principal Supervisor Gonadal Steroids and Cognitive Functioning in Middle to Older Aged Males Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Donel Martin
    2003 - 2008 Principal Supervisor Development and Assessment of Computer-Game-Like Tests of Human Cognitive Abilities Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Jason Mc Pherson
    2002 - 2007 Principal Supervisor Characteristics Identifying Young Drivers at a Higher Risk of Crashing Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Part Time Dr Lisa Wundersitz
    2002 - 2006 Co-Supervisor Are the Claims for Emotional Intelligence Justified? Emotional Intelligence Predicts Life Skills, but Not as Well as Personality and Cognitive Abilities. Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Ms Veneta Anne Bastian
    2000 - 2006 Co-Supervisor A Theoretical and Computational Investigation into Aspects of Human Visual Perception: Proximity and Transformations in Pattern Detection and Discrimination Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Mr Adrian Preiss
    1999 - 2003 Co-Supervisor Of Mice and Men: the structure and bases of murine cognitive abilities Doctor of Philosophy Doctorate Full Time Dr Matthew Welsh
  • Position: Professor
  • Phone: 83133965
  • Email: nicholas.burns@adelaide.edu.au
  • Fax: 8313 3770
  • Campus: North Terrace
  • Building: Hughes, floor 5
  • Room: 5 12
  • Org Unit: Psychology

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