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Dr. Mateo Leganes-Fonteneau

Post-Doctoral Researcher

Office: SMH 138

Email: mateo.leganes@rutgers.edu

Phone: 732-763-5187

  • Bio
  • Current Research
  • Selected Publications
  • Education
  • Recent Awards
  • Other Information


Dr. Leganes-Fonteneau works with Marsha Bates and Jennifer Buckman at the Cardiac Neuroscience Laboratory. He completed his PhD on Cognitive Psychology at the University of Sussex in 2018, supervised by Dora Duka and Ryan Scott. Earlier, he graduated in Psychology and Social Work at the University of Valencia, Spain.

Current Research

The research I conduct at the CAS explores the relationship between cardiovascular signals and behavioral responses in the context of addiction. Our body constantly sends information about its internal state to our brain which then uses that information to generate cognitions, behaviors and emotions. By looking at afferent cardiovascular signals in different laboratory experiments I can study how our bodily state shape alcohol related behaviors. This can inform novel treatment and diagnostic tools.

Another part of my research looks at implicit learning, and how stimuli associated with different outcomes can shape responses even if we are not aware of the associations. I have developed novel experimental and statistical procedures to provide reliable evidence for implicit learning effects.

Selected Publications

Leganes‐Fonteneau, M., Buckman, J., Pawlak, A., Vaschillo, B., Vaschillo, E., & Bates, M. Interoceptive signaling in alcohol cognitive biases: Role of family history and alliesthetic components. Addiction Biology, e12952.

Leganes-Fonteneau, M., Cheang, Y., Lam, Y., Garfinkel, S., & Duka, T. (2019). Interoceptive awareness is associated with acute alcohol-induced changes in subjective effects. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior181, 69-76.

Leganes-Fonteneau, M., Scott, R., & Duka, T. (2018). Attentional responses to stimuli associated with a reward can occur in the absence of knowledge of their predictive values. Behavioural brain research341, 26-36.


2018 PhD Cognitive Psychology, University of Sussex, UK
2015 Graduate in Psychology, University of Valencia, Spain
2011 Graduate in Social Work, University of Valencia, Spain


Recent Awards

Helene White Travel Grant CAS Best Poster Award


Other Information

Twitter: @Mateo_Leganes