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College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology

John Hinson


Ph.D. Duke University, 1981

Contact Information

Office: Johnson Tower 350
Phone: (509) 335-1089
Website: Affective and Cognitive Influences of Decisions (ACID) Lab

Classes Taught

  • Psychology 311: Elementary Statistics in Psychology
  • Psychology 401: Historical Development of Psychology
  • Psychology 504: History of Psychology

Research Interests

  • Affective and non-affective factors in decision making
  • Sleep deprivation effects on cognition

My research examines relations between hot (affective/emotional) and cold (rational/calculational) cognitive processes in decision making. I am primarily interested in how situational constraints (task demands or complexity) and individual constraints (personality traits or biological differences) affect hot and cold cognition and thereby lead to suboptimal decision making. My research is part of an interdisciplinary research group examining decision making, affect and memory. Our group is currently focused on studies of sleep, examining how sleep restriction affects cognition, in general, and decision making, in particular.

Dr. Hinson will not be recruiting a graduate student for Fall 2019 admission to the Experimental Psychology PhD Program.

Selected Publications

Honn, K. A., Hinson, J. M., Whitney, P., & Van Dongen, H. P. A. (2018). Cognitive flexibility: a distinct element of performance impairment due to sleep deprivation. Accident Analysis & Prevention, Mar 14. pii: S0001-4575(18)30070-8. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2018.02.013. [Epub ahead of print]

Satterfield, B. C., Hinson, J. M., Whitney, P., Schmidt, M. A., Wisor, J. P., & Van Dongen, H. P. A. (2018). Catechol-O-Methyltransferase (COMT) genotype affects cognitive control during total sleep deprivation, Cortex, 99, 179-186. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2017.11.012. [Epub ahead of print]

Whitney, P. Hinson, J. M., Satterfield, B. C, Grant, D. A., Honn, K. A., & Van Dongen, H. P. A. (2017). Sleep deprivation diminishes attentional control effectiveness and impairs flexible adaptation to changing conditions, Scientific Reports, 7, 16020. 10.1038/s41598-017-16165-z Epub 2017 Nov 22.

Wilson, C. G., Nusbaum, A. T., Whitney, P., and Hinson, J. M. (2017). Age differences in cognitive flexibility when overcoming a pre-existing bias through feedback. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, Nov 21: 1-9. doi/full/10.1080/13803395.2017.1398311. [Epub ahead of print]

Nusbaum, A. T., Whitney, P., Cuttler, C., Spradlin, A., Hinson, J. M., & McLaughlin, R. J. (2017) Altered attentional control strategies but spared executive functioning in chronic cannabis users. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 181, 116-123. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2017.09.019. Epub 2017 Oct 12.

Whitney, P.M., Hinson, J. M., Jackson, M., & Van Dongen, H. P. A. (2015). Feedback blunting: Total sleep deprivation impairs decision making that requires updating based on feedback. Sleep, 38, 745-754. doi: 10.5665/sleep.4668.

John Hinson

Washington State University