Anders Rasmussen, Post-Doc, Erasmus MC

Contact Information

Anders Rasmussen

Associative Learning: Cerebellar Classical Conditioning

Thinking in Time: Cognition, Communication & Learning (CCL)

Dept of Experimental Medical Science,


S-221 84, Lund

Phone: +46 709 746609



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Associates: Research Environment (CCL), Research Group, Germund Hesslow, Dan-Anders Jirenhed


Thus far, my research has focused on Psychology and Neuroscience. During my undergraduate studies I assisted Jean Christophe Rohner on his research on memory biases associated with the attractiveness stereotype. My third undergraduate year I spent studying abroad at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). At UCSB I had the privilege of helping Barry Giesbrecht with his research on the attentional blink and Osnat Ben-Shahar with research on cocaine addiction in rats. Back in Lund i completed my bachelor degree with a research project supervised by Mikael Johansson where I looked at electrophysiological correlates of the attractiveness stereotype. During this time I was also involved in a study investigating swedish category norms

The overarching aim of my PhD project, which was supervised by Professor Germund Hesslow, was to examine the feedback mechanisms that regulate learning during Pavlovian eyeblink conditioning. My colleague, Dan-Anders Jirenhed have previously shown that plastic changes in Purkinje cells, in the cerebellar cortex, play a critical role in this type of learning. The work on which my PhD thesis was based showed that the same plastic changes that generate the learned response also influence the input that give rise to the learning in the first place.



  • Rasmussen, A. (2014). Feedback control of cerebellar learning. Media Tryck. Doctoral thesis. Link 

Peer reviewed articles

  • Rasmussen A, Zucca R, Johansson F, Jirenhed D, Hesslow G (2015) Purkinje cell activity during classical conditioning with different conditional stimuli explains central tenet of Rescorla-Wagner model. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. Pdf
  • Johansson, F., Jirenhed, D., Rasmussen, A., Zucca, R., & Hesslow, G. (2014). Memory trace and timing mechanism localized to cerebellar Purkinje cells. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 111(41), 14930–14934. Pdf
  • Rasmussen, A., Jirenhed, D., Wetmore, D. Z., & Hesslow, G. (2014). Changes in complex spike activity during classical conditioning. Front Neural Circuits, 8. Pdf
  • Rasmussen, A., & Hesslow, G. (2014). Feedback control of learning by the cerebello-olivary pathway. Prog Brain Res, 210, 103–119. Pubmed
  • Wetmore, D. Z., Jirenhed, D., Rasmussen, A., Johansson, F., Schnitzer, M. J., & Hesslow, G. (2014). Bidirectional plasticity of Purkinje cells matches temporal features of learning. Journal of Neuroscience, 1731–1737. Pdf
  • Rasmussen, A., Zucca, R., Jirenhed, D., Johansson, F., Örtenblad, C., Svensson, P., & Hesslow, G. (2013). Golgi Cell Activity During Eyeblink Conditioning in Decerebrate Ferrets. Cerebellum (London, England). Pubmed
  • Rasmussen, A., Jirenhed, D., Zucca, R., Johansson, F., Svensson, P., & Hesslow, G. (2013). Number of spikes in climbing fibers determines the direction of cerebellar learning. Journal of Neuroscience, 33(33), 13436–13440. Pdf
  • Hesslow, G., Jirenhed, D., Rasmussen, A., & Johansson, F. (2013). Classical conditioning of motor responses: what is the learning mechanism? Neural Netw. Pubmed.
  • Rohner, J.-C., & Rasmussen, A. (2012). Recognition bias and the physical attractiveness stereotype. Scandinavian journal of psychology, 53(3), 239–246. Pubmed
  • Rohner, J.-C., & Rasmussen, A. (2011). Physical attractiveness stereotype and memory. Scandinavian journal of psychology. Pubmed
  • Rasmussen, A., Jirenhed, D., & Hesslow, G. (2008). Simple and complex spike firing patterns in Purkinje cells during classical conditioning. Cerebellum (London, England), 7(4), 563–566. Pubmed 

Working paper series

  • Rasmussen, A., Zucca, R., Jirenhed, D., Johansson, F., & Hesslow, G. (2013). Direction of learning in cerebellar Purkinje cells dependent on number of climbing fiber impulses.Translational Sensorimotor Neuroscience Meeting. Pdf
  • Zucca, R., Rasmussen, A., Johansson, F., Verschure, P. F., & Hesslow, G. (2012). Suppression of conditioned eye-blink responses through high frequency climbing fibres stimulation. Federation of European Neuroscience Societies. Barcelona. Pdf
  • Rasmussen, A., Zucca, R., Jirenhed, D., Johansson, F., Örtenblad, C., Svensson, P., & Hesslow, G. (2012). Golgi Cell Activity during Eyeblink Conditioning in Decerebrate Ferrets. Society For Neuroscience. New Orleans. Pdf
  • Johansson, F., Jirenhed, D., Rasmussen, A., Zucca, R., & Hesslow, G. (2011). In vivo parallel fibre stimulation as conditional stimulus in Pavlovian conditioning of Purkinje neuron responses. Society For Neuroscience. Washington DC. Pdf
  • Rasmussen, A., Johansson, F., Zucca, R., & Hesslow, G. (2011). The neural foundation of overexpectation. Society For Neuroscience. Washington DC. Pdf.
  • Zucca, R., Rasmussen, A., Herreros-Alonso, I., Verschure, P. F., & Hesslow, G. (2010). A closed-loop framework to investigate cerebellar learning in a decerebrated ferret preparation. Society For Neuroscience. San Diego. Pdf
  • Rasmussen, A., Jirenhed, D., & Hesslow, G. (2008). Olivary activity during Classical Conditioning. Motor Networks. Lund. Pdf

Bachelor Thesis
  • Rasmussen, A. (2006, December 18). Electrophysiology of stereotypes: N400 as a measure of the beautiful is good stereotype. (M. Johansson, Ed.). Lund University. Pdf.

Research Experience

  • Sep 2015 - Present: Professor Chris De Zeeuw's lab, Erasmus MC. Post-Doc in Neuroscience studying the role of the mGluR7 receptor in various forms of learning
  • Jun 2014 - Sep 2015: Professor Germund Hesslow’s lab, Lund University. Assistant researcher in Neurophysiology studying cellular mechanisms of associative learning 
  • Apr 2006 - Jun 2006: Researcher Osnat Ben-Shahar’s lab, University of California, Santa Barbara. Undergraduate assistant studying operant conditioning and neuropharmacology 

Teaching and Supervisory Experience

  • Okt 2014 - Present: Assistant supervisor for PhD candidate 
  • Jan 2014 - Present: Co-Supervisor for international exchange students, on Bachelor, Master and PhD levels
  • Jun 2011 - Aug 2011: Supervisor for summer student
  • Feb 2008 - May 2015: Lund Medical School, Lab supervisor 
  • Jan 2008 - Mar 2015: Lund Medical School, PBL tutor

Conference Participation

  • Apr 2015: SRC (Society for Research on the Cerebellum), 2 day symposium. Brussels, Belgium, Participation + Poster presentation
  • Spring 2013: Translational Sensorimotor Neuroscience meeting. Johannesbergs Slott, Sweden. Participation + Poster presentation + oral presentation  
  • Annually 2008-2013: Neuroscience day, Participation + 2 poster presentations 
  • Fall 2011: Meeting for the Society for Neuroscience, Washington DC, USA. Participation + Poster presentation 
  • Spring 2011: Organization and Function of Neuronal Circuits in Movement Control, 2 day symposium. Trolleholm, Sweden 
  • Spring 2008: SRC (Society for Research on the Cerebellum), 2 day symposium. Geneva, Switzerland, Participation 
  • Fall 2008: Motor Networks, 1 day conference, Lund, Sweden. Participation + Poster presentation 
  • Fall 2008: Perceptual Learning, Motor Learning and Automaticity, 4 day symposium, Amsterdam, Netherlands, Participation + Poster presentation


PhD in Medical Science, Lund University, Sweden

Graduate courses

Pedagogical courses

Lund University, 216 ECTS, top grade on all courses
  • Psychology, 127,5p 
  • Biology/Neuroscience, 58.5p 
  • Statistics, 30p 

University of California, Santa Barbara 77,3 ECTS, GPA: 3.97
  • Biology/Neuroscience, 61.5p 
  • Psychology, 15p 
  • Weight Training, 0.8p 

Stockholm University, 30 ECTS, top grade
  • Criminology, 30p 

Cambridge University (UK), 7.5p, A+
  • International Science Summer School, 7.5p 

IB Diploma Programme, Västergårdsgymnasiet (Södertälje), Sweden
  • Computer Science 
  • Physics 
  • Psychology 
  • Mathematics 
  • English 
  • Swedish 

Administrative Experience

  • 2008-2011: Inst. Experimental Medical Science, Chairman for the PhD advisory committee 
  • 2008-2011: Inst. Experimental Medical Science, Board member 

Work Experience

  • 2005-2006: Solbergahemmets Institute, Järna, Carer for children with neuropsychiatric disorders, Part-time. 
  • 2002-2003: Mora Parks Institute, Carer for children with neuropsychiatric disorders, Full-time 
  • 2001-2002: ICA Supermarket, Järna, Janitor, Part-time


  • 2015: Masao Ito prize for best poster presentation at the meeting for the Society for Research on the Cerebellum (SRC), Brussels
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