David S. Leland, Ph.D.


Associate Professor

Dept. of Psychology

U Wisconsin - Eau Claire


Office: Hibbard Hall 252

Hours: by appt (TTh 1-1:50p,
TW 4:50-5:20 can often work)









Welcome! I'm David Leland, associate 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.


Fall 2016

PSYC 100 Introduction to Psychology

Section 403 MW 3:30p-4:45p in Hibbard 103

IDIS 125 Introduction to Neuroscience (co-taught with Dr. Matthews)

Lecture MW 2:00p-3:15p in Hibbard 229
Lab Section 311 M 8:00a-9:50a in Phillips 311
Lab Section 312 M 10:00a-11:50a in Phillips 311

PSYC 379 Cognitive Psychology

Section 1 TTh 2:00p-3:15p in Hibbard 211
Section 2 TTh 3:30p-4:45p 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 research apprentices:

  • Kelsey Rolefson
  • Ronnie Lockington
  • Sarah Loew
  • Sam Becker
  • A'Lea Yonker
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Projects Past and Present:


  • I'm a vocalist for the local cover band Transistor Radio.
  •  I play the ukulele and used to be active with the Ukulele Klub of Eau Claire (U.K.E.)
  • My wife, Adrienne, is an interior designer specializing in kitchens and baths. You can check out her work at DorigDesigns.com
  • We have a toddler, Anya, who can sometimes be found running up and down the halls on campus :)
  • In June 2010 I won a contest to meet and interview Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips at the Bonnaroo music festival.  Below is a video documenting the experience (note it's says I'm a neurologist but that's not true; a neurologist is a medical doctor). Also there's a set of pictures from our time there.

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







COURSES TAUGHT (*within the past 3 years)


Pitzer College


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

Johnson PM, Leland DS (2014). Modeling neural phenomena through stop-motion clay animation: a class activity. Faculty for Undergraduate Neuroscience Newsletter. 2 (1), 5.

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. 6 (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.

SELECTED POSTERS AND PRESENTATIONS (undergrad collaborators in red)

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Last updated 9/13/2016