Degree: Ph.D. University of California, San Diego
Area: Cognitive Neuroscience
Position: Associate Professor
Office: HHH 252
Phone: (715) 836-5619
I received my Ph.D. in Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) in 2004. I was a postdoctoral fellow in the UCSD Department of Medicine and then a visiting assistant professor in the Psychology field group at Pitzer College before coming to the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2010.
I teach introductory psychology and neuroscience as well as upper-level courses in cognitive psychology and cognitive neuroscience. My courses typically incorporate traditional lectures with a variety of creative student activities such as multimedia projects illustrating course concepts, often done in groups. I am a pluralist when it comes to pedagogical methods, in that I believe that there is no one best approach for all courses or even for each course; rather, I foster students' (and my own) sustained engagement by intentionally employing diverse methods and activities.
My laboratory, the Cognitive and Human Electroencephalography Zone (CHEEZ) uses EEG to study the neural underpinnings of cognition, motivation, and action. Recent projects have involved incentive effects on attention, the relationship between alcohol problems and brain response to alcohol stimuli, and how various stressors influence brain responses when committing errors. I work with undergraduate research apprentices, training them in the design and conduct of research as well as the presentation of findings at local and national conferences.
Selected publications and presentations (* = undergraduate co-author):
Gutsmiedl CM*, Fischer RM*, Badour SE*, Rolefson KA*, Leland DS. (2015, May). "Gender differences in attitudes and experiences with alcohol." Poster at Celebration of Excellence in Research and Creative Activity, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, Eau Claire, WI
Leland DS, Badzinski HM*, Fischer RM*, Gutsmiedl CM*, Johnson PM*, Weg Fernandez L*, Filtz CA*, Brandt AR*, Doyle JC*. (2014, Nov). "EEG Beta activity during exposure to alcohol stimuli predicts drinking-related problems in women." Poster at Society for Neuroscience meeting, Washington, DC.
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.), Handbook of Behavior, Food and Nutrition. New York: Springer Publishing Company.
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.