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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

Dr. Hinson will be accepting a graduate student for Fall 2018.

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.

Selected Publications

Jackson, M. L, Gunzelmann, G., Whitney, P. , Hinson, J. M., Belenky, G., Rabat, A., & Van Dongen, H. P. A. (2013). Deconstructing and Reconstructing Cognitive Performance in Sleep Deprivation. Sleep Medicine Reviews, 17: 215-25.

Whitney, P. & Hinson, J. M. (2012). The Role of Source Memory in Gambling Task Decision Making. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, XX: 1-10. (e-pub ahead of print)

Whitney, P. & Hinson, J. M. (2010). Measurement of cognition in studies of sleep deprivation. In: Gerard A. Kerkhof and Hans P.A. van Dongen, editors: Human Sleep and Cognition, Vol 185, Oxford: Elsevier Science; p. 37-48.

Tucker, A. M., Whitney, P., Belenky, G, Hinson, J. M., & Van Dongen, H. P. A., (2010). Effects of sleep deprivation on dissociated components of executive functioning. Sleep, 33, 1-11.

Whitney, P., Rinehart, C. A., & Hinson, J. M. (2008) Framing effects under cognitive load: the role of working memory in risky decisions. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 15, 1179-1184.

Hinson, J. M., Whitney, P., Holben, H., & Wirick, A. K. (2006). Affective biasing of choices in gambling task decision making. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 6, 190-200.

John Hinson

Washington State University