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Washington State University
College of Arts and Sciences Department of Psychology

John Hinson


Ph.D. Duke University, 1981

Contact Information


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

In general terms my research examines relations between hot (affective) and cold (rational) cognitive processes in decision making. I have previously studied how situational constraints (task demands) and individual constraints (personality traits or biological differences) affect hot and cold cognition and contribute to suboptimal decision making. More recent research examines cognitive control and memory processes involved in decision making. Our interdisciplinary research group has a research focus on how sleep deprivation affects cognitive control processes that are essential for decision making.

Selected Publications

Kurinec, C. A., Whitney, P., Hinson, J. M., Hansen, D. A., Van Dongen, H. P. A. (2021). Sleep deprivation impairs binding of information with its context. Sleep, Volume 44, Issue 8, August 2021, zsab113,

Whitney, P., Hinson, J. M., & Nusbaum, A. T. (2019) A dynamic attentional control framework for understanding sleep deprivation effects on cognition. In: Hans P.A. Van Dongen, Paul Whitney, John M. Hinson, Kimberly A. Honn, and Michael W. L. Chee, editors: Sleep Deprivation and Cognition, Vol 246, Oxford: Elsevier Science; p. 111-126. doi:10.1016/bs.pbr.2019.03.015

Hinson, J. M., Whitney, P., Wilson, C. G., & Nusbaum, A. T. (2019). Working memory loads differentially influence frame-induced bias and normative choice in risky decision making. PLOS ONE, Mar 28;14(3):e0214571. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0214571. eCollection 2019.

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]

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