David S. Leland, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor

Dept. of Psychology

U Wisconsin - Eau Claire


Office: Hibbard Hall 252

Hrs: by appt





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Welcome! I'm David Leland, assistant professor of psychology at UW-Eau Claire. I teach general and cognitive courses in psychology and neuroscience. My laboratory (CHEEZ) uses electroencephalography (EEG) to study the neural underpinnings of cognition, motivation, and action. Below you can check out course offerings, lab information, some personal info, and my CV.


Spring 2014

PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology

Section 4 MW 3:30p-4:45p in Hibbard 1031

PSYC 374 Cognitive Neuroscience

Section 1 TTh 2:00p-3:15p in Hibbard 211
Section 2 TTh 3:30p-4:55p in Hibbard 211

PSYC 379 Cognitive Psychology

Section 1 MW 2:00p-3:15p in Hibbard 211


Cognition & Human ElectroEncephalography Zone

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The CHEEZ uses EGI 64-channel hydrocel geodesic sensor nets for EEG recording and E-Prime for stimulus presentation and behavioral data collection.

Current roster of student researchers:

  • Hannah Badzinski
  • Alyssa Brandt
  • Jessica Doyle
  • Lucia Weg Fernandez
  • Caitlyn Filtz
  • Rachel Fischer
  • Carissa Gutsmiedl
  • Paula Johnson

Past student researchers:

  • Danielle Barber
  • Jacob Bradley
  • Benjamin Domask
  • Rylee Engum
  • Eric Hanley
  • Kailey Huber
  • Katherine Hughes
  • Paige Jablonski
  • Amy Johnson
  • Samantha Klasek
  • Kellyn Kroner
  • Randy Lim
  • Bea Soderholm
  • Emily Vanlandschoot
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  • My  Follow davidleland on Twitter feed focuses on experimentation with food, music, and of course brains.

  • Hobbies include:

    • Playing the ukulele (check out U.K.E.--the Ukulele Klub of Eau Claire)
    • Cooking (e.g., pizza)
    • Very amateur photography and video editing
    • Singing (e.g., karaoke, vocals for my friend Geoff's cover songs)
    • Hiking, biking, snowshoeing
    • Various zany art/music projects
    • Role-playing games (although time rarely permits)
  • My wife, Adrienne, is an interior designer specializing in kitchens and baths. You can check out her work at DorigDesigns.com

  • In June 2010 I won a contest to meet and interview Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips at the Bonnaroo music festival.  Here's the crazy braintastic video my wife and I created as our entry into the contest and below is MySpace's video documenting the experience. Also there's a set of pictures from our time there.

"Get Close" with The Flaming Lips from Get Close on Myspace.


Created with flickr slideshow.








Pitzer College


PAPERS (undergrad collaborators in red; click hyperlink for online journal or email me for PDF)

Reed CL, Leland DS, Brekke B, Hartley AA (2013). Attention's grasp: early and late hand proximity effects on visual evoked potentials. Frontiers in Psychology. 4 (420), 1-12.

Leland DS, Pineda JA (2011). Selective attention as a mediator between food motivation and disposition to act. In VR Preedy (Ed.), International Handbook of Behavior, Diet and Nutrition. New York: Springer Publishing Company.

Paulus MP, Lovero KL, Wittmann M, Leland DS (2008). Reduced behavioral and neural activation in stimulant users to different error rates during decision making. Biological Psychiatry. 63 (11), 1054-1060

Leland DS, Arce E, Miller DA, Paulus MP (2008). Anterior cingulate cortex and benefit of predictive cueing on response inhibition in stimulant dependent individuals. Biological Psychiatry. 63 (2), 184-190.

Wittmann M, Leland DS, Churan J, Paulus MP (2007). Impaired time perception and motor timing in stimulant-dependent subjects. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 90 (2), 183-192.

Wittmann M, Leland DS, Paulus MP (2007). Time and decision making: differential contribution of the posterior insular cortex and striatum during a delay discounting task. Experimental Brain Research. 179, 643-653.

Leland DS, Arce E, Feinstein JS, Paulus MP (2006). Young adult stimulant users' increased striatal activation during uncertainty is related to impulsivity. Neuroimage. 33, 725-731.

Arce E, Leland DS, Miller DA, Simmons AN, Winternheimer KC, Paulus MP (2006). Individuals with schizophrenia present hypo- and hyperactivation during implicit cueing in an inhibitory task. Neuroimage. 32, 704-713.

Leland DS, Pineda JA. (2006). Effects of food-related stimuli on visual spatial attention in fasting and nonfasting normal subjects: behavior and electrophysiology. Clinical Neurophysiology. 117 (1), 67-84.

Paulus MP, Feinstein JS, Leland D, Simmons AN. (2005). Superior temporal gyrus and insula provide response and outcome-dependent information during assessment and action selection in a decision-making situation. Neuroimage. 25, 607-615.

Leland DS and Paulus MP (2005). Increased risk-taking decision-making but not altered response to punishment in stimulant-using young adults. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. 78 (1), 83-90.

POSTERS AND PRESENTATIONS (invited posters/presentations in bold; undergrad collaborators in red)

Leland DS, Reed CA, Jablonski PM, Bradley JL, Kroner KA. "Incentive Effects on Behavior and ERPs in a Go/Nogo Paradigm with Lottery-type Reward." (NDSU Center for Visual and Cognitive Neuroscience mini-conference, 2012; Cognitive Neuroscience Society meeting, 2012)

Leland DS, Reed CA, Strom M, Garza J. "Electrophysiology of selective attention toward graspable space." (Cognitive Neuroscience Society meeting, 2010).

Leland, DS. "Brain, mind, and addiction." Presentation at UC Riverside Workshop on Genetics and Human Behavior (Dec 6, 2008).

Leland DS, Arce E, Althoff KA, Paulus MP. "Insula mediation of risk-taking decision-making in young adult stimulant users and nonusers." (Society for Neuroscience meeting, 2007).

Leland DS, Miller DA, Paulus MP. "Attenuated insula response to negative risk-taking outcomes in young adult stimulant users." (Society for Neuroscience meeting, 2006).

Wittmann M, Leland DS, Paulus MP. "The neurobiology of inter-temporal reward selection: fMRI activation of insular cortex and striaturn during delay discounting." (Biological Psychiatry meeting, 2006).

Allison BZ, Boccanfuso JB, Agocs C, McCampbell LA, Leland DS, Gosch C, and Moore Jackson M. "Sustained use of an SSVEP BCI under adverse conditions." (Cognitive Neuroscience Society meeting, 2006).

Leland DS, Arce E, Miller DA, Paulus MP. "Stimulant-dependent individuals in treatment exhibit cingulate hyperactivity while performing a GO-NOGO task with predictive cueing." (Cognitive Neuroscience Society meeting, 2006).

Allison BZ, Boccanfuso JB, Agocs C, McCampbell LA, Leland DS, Gosch C, and Moore Jackson M. "EEG brain computer interface." Educational exhibit/demo at WIRED Magazine NextFest (June 24-27, 2005).

Leland DS, Arce E, Paulus MP. "Differential fMRI activation in stimulant users and stimulant-naïve young adults during uncertain decision-making." (Cognitive Neuroscience Society meeting, 2005).

Arce E, Leland DS, Miller DA, Winternheimer KC, Paulus MP. "Schizophrenia patients fail to process prediction cues during an inhibitory task." (International Congress on Schizophrenia Research, 2005).

Leland DS, Paulus MP "Increased risk-taking decision-making but not altered response to punishment in stimulant using young adults." (Society for Neuroscience meeting, 2004).

Leland DS, Pineda JA. "Effects of food and smoking words on visual spatial attention." (Cognitive Neuroscience Society meeting, 2004).

Leland DS, Pineda JA. "Food words bias visual spatial attention after an overnight fast: evidence from behavior and ERPs." (Society for Neuroscience meeting, 2003).

Leland DS, Pineda JA. "Food cue effects on sensory and cognitive processing of targets." (Cognitive Neuroscience Society meeting, 2003).

Leland DS. "Biased attention as a neurocognitive mechanism for reinforcement and addiction." Poster at 2002 NIDA Frontiers in Addiction Research meeting.

Leland DS, Pineda JA. "Food cue effects on P3 and target P1, N1, and RT in fasting subjects." (Society for Neuroscience meeting, 2002).

Leland DS, Pineda JA. "Food cue effects on ERPs and target reaction times in fasting subjects." (Society for Neuroscience meeting, 2001; Cognitive Neuroscience Society meeting, 2002).

Leland DS, Richardson JS, Vankov A, Grant SJ, Pineda JA. "P300 and the Iowa Gambling Task:  neural basis of decision-making and addiction." Presentation at 1999 Cognitive Neuroscience Society meeting.

Leland DS, Richardson JS, Vankov A, Grant SJ, Pineda JA. "Decision-making and associated ERPs in the Iowa Gambling Task." (Society for Neuroscience meeting, 1998).

Leland DS, Grant SJ. "Relationship between questionnaire-based and task-based assessment of risky behavior in substance abusers." (NIH Summer Research Program Poster Day, 1997).


Last updated 9/28/2013