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Department of Psychology Affective and Cognitive Influences of Decisions (ACID) Lab


Our research involves experimental studies of well defined risky decision making tasks that are intended to capture the essential elements of real world decisions.  In real world risky decision making, such as investing in a new stock, taking action as an industrial accident unfolds, or selecting medical treatment based on diagnostic test results, decision making  is based on prior knowledge and belief, currently available information, as well as emotions or affect associated with the situation.  We examine how prior knowledge or belief can bias decision making, and how biases can be influence by available information, and how knowledge representations interact with emotional or affective processes.


    • ​​Honn, K.A., Hinson, J.M., Whitney, P., & Van Dongen, H.P.A. (2018) [PDF]. Cognitive flexibility: A distinct element of performance impairment due to sleep deprivation. ​Accident Analysis and Prevention. doi: 10.1016/j.aap.2018.02.013
    • Nusbaum, A.T., Wilson, C.G., Stenson, A., Hinson, J.M., & Whitney, P. (2018) [PDF]. Induced positive mood and cognitive flexibility: Evidence from task switching and reversal learning. Collabra: Psychology, 4​(1), doi: 10.1525/collabra.150
    • Satterfield, B.C., ​Hinson, J.M., Whitney, P., ​Schmidt, M.A., Wisor​, J.P., & Van Dongen, H.P.A. (2018) [PDF]. Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) genotype affects cognitive control during total sleep deprivation​. Cortex, ​​​179-186. doi: ​10.1016/j.cortex.2017.11.012​
    • Wilson, C., Nusbaum, A.T., Hinson, J.M., & Whitney, P. (2017) [PDF]. Age-differences in cognitive flexibility when overcoming a preexisting bias through feedback. Journal of Clinical and ​Experimental Neuropsychology. doi: 10.1080/13803395.2017.1398311
    • ​​​​Whitney, P., Hinson, J.M., Satterfield, B.C., Grant, D.A., Honn, K.A., & Van Dongen, H.P.A. (2017) [PDF]. Sleep deprivation diminishes attentional control effectiveness and impairs flexible adaptation to changing conditions. ​Scientific Reports, ​​7​, 16020. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-16165-z
    • Nusbaum, A.T., Whitney, P., Cuttler, C., Spradlin, A., Hinson, J.M., & McLaughlin, R.J. (2017) [PDF]. 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
    • Cuttler, C., Spradlin, A., Nusbaum, A.T., Whitney, P., Hinson, J.M., & McLaughlin, R.J. (2017) [PDF]. Blunted stress reactivity in chronic cannabis users. Psychopharmacology, 234 (15), 2299-2309. doi:10.1007/s00213-017-4648-z
    • Whitney, P., Hinson, J.M., Jackson, M.L., & Van Dongen, H.P.A. (2015) [PDF]. Feedback blunting: Total sleep deprivation impairs decision making that requires updating based on feedback. Sleep38, (5), 745-754.
    • Jackson, M. L., Gunzelmann, G., Whitney, P., Hinson, J. M., Belenky, G., Rabat, A., Van Dongen, H. P. (2013) [PDF]. Deconstructing and reconstructing cognitive performance in sleep deprivation.  Sleep Med Review, 17, 215-225.
    • Whitney, P. & Hinson, J. M. (2012) [PDF]. The role of source memory in gambling task decision making. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 34, 826-835.
    • Tucker, A. M., Whitney, P., Belenky, G., Hinson, J. M., & van Dongen, H. P. A., (2010) [PDF]. Effects of sleep deprivation on dissociated components of executive functioning.  Sleep, 33, 1-11.
    • Whitney, P. & Hinson, J. M. (2010) [PDF]. Measurement of cognition in studies of sleep deprivation.  In G. A. Kerkhof and H. P. A. van Dongen (Eds.), Progress in Brain Research, 185, 37-48.
    • Whitney, P., Rinehart, C. A., & Hinson, J. M. (2008) [PDF]. Framing effects under cognitive load: The role of working memory in risky decisions.  Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 15, 1179-1184.
    • Whitney, P., Hinson, J. M., Wirick, A. & Holben, H. (2007) [PDF]. Somatic responses in behavioral inhibition.  Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 7, 37-43.
    • Hinson, J. M., Whitney, P., Holben, H. & Wirick, A. K. (2006) [PDF]. Affective biasing of choices in gambling task decision making.  Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 6, 190-200.
    • Jameson, T. L., Hinson, J. M., & Whitney, P. (2004) [PDF]. Components of working memory and somatic markers in decision making.  Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 11, 515-520.
    • Hinson, J. M., Jameson, T. L., & Whitney, P. (2003) [PDF]. Impulsive decision making and working memory.  Journal of Experimental Psychology: Learning, Memory, & Cognition, 29, 298-306.
    • Hinson, J. M., Jameson, T. L., & Whitney, P. (2002) [PDF]. Somatic markers, working memory, and decision making. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 2, 341-353.