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J. Benjamin Hinnant

My research interests are in child and adolescent development, familial and peer socializing influences, and biological stress response systems. A rich and continually developing scientific literature has illustrated the importance of a biopsychosocial approach for understanding human behavior and development. In my work, I use advanced methods and statistics to illustrate the transactional nature of biological and environmental influences across development and across multiple levels of analysis.

Aspects of my research investigate the influence of family and peer stressors on development of biological regulatory systems. This is an important area of study because the function of these bioregulatory systems is related to the development of child and adolescent externalizing and internalizing problems. In addition to family and peer stressors predicting bioregulatory function, environmental stressors and bioregulatory function interact consistently to predict development in multiple domains, including psychopathology symptoms and cognitive functioning.

How Does Rewarding Safe Choices Affect Teen Decision Making In Peer Contexts?

The teen years are known (at least in part) as a time of rebelliousness and risk-taking. This may be the result of brain development. Compared to adult brain activity, teenage brains show heightened sensitivity to rewards, and teens seem to […]