Dan-Anders Jirenhed

PhD in Neurophysiology from Lund University, Sweden (2007)
MSc in Cognitive Science from University of Linköping, Sweden (2001)


Address   Department of Experimental Medical Science
                Lund University
                BMC F 10
                SE-221 84 Lund, Sweden

Current    Assistant researcherAssociative learning, Dept. of Experimental Medical Science, Lund University, Sweden.
                 Member of Thinking in Time: Cognition, Communication, and Learning (CCL), a multidisciplinary
                 research center (Linnaeus Environment) supported by The Swedish Research Council.

Sept 2011 - April 2012 Researcher (30%) in the Meaning of Action project at the Pufendorf Institute for Advanced Studies.

2009-2011  Postdoctoral fellow funded by the Swedish Research Council. Schnitzer lab at Stanford University, CA, USA.

2008-2009  Assistant researcher, Associative learning (PI: Germund Hesslow) at Lund Univeristy, Sweden.

2007-2008  Assistant researcher, Cerebellar physiology (PIs: Henrik Jörntell & Carl-Fredrik Ekerot) at Lund Univeristy, Sweden.

Research Interests

I am interested in mechanisms underlying adaptive/intelligent behaviour, specifically in areas such as

  • Cerebellar mechanisms of learning and memory - Conditioned Purkinje cell responses
  • Learning theory - Classical and Operant Conditioning
  • Theory of behaviour and philosophy of behavioural science - Cognitivism vs. Behaviourism
  • Computational modelling of adaptive behaviour and neural mechanisms using robots - Adaptive Neuro Robotics

Google Scholar page here.

Peer Reviewed Publications (22)
Johansson F, Jirenhed DA, Rasmussen A, Zucca R, Hesslow G. (2018). Absence of Parallel Fibre to Purkinje Cell LTD During Eyeblink Conditioning. Sci Rep. Oct 3;8(1):14777. doi: 10.1038/s41598-018-32791-7

Rasmussen A, Jirenhed DA. (2017). Learning and Timing of Voluntary Blink Responses Match Eyeblink ConditioningSci Rep. Jun 13;7(1):3404. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-03343-2.

Jirenhed DA, Rasmussen A ,Johansson F, Hesslow G. (2017). Learned response sequences in cerebellar Purkinje cellsProc Natl Acad Sci USAJun 6;114(23):6127-6132. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1621132114.

Jirenhed DA, Hesslow G. (2016). Are Purkinje Cell Pauses Drivers of Classically Conditioned Blink Responses? Cerebellum2016 Aug;15(4):526–34. doi: 10.1007/s12311-015-0722-4.

Rasmussen A, Zucca R, Johansson F, Jirenhed DA, Hesslow G. (2016). Purkinje cell activity during classical conditioning with different conditional stimuli explains central tenet of Rescorla–Wagner model. Proc Natl Acad Sci USAOct 26. 14060–14065, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1516986112. PubMed page

Johansson F, Jirenhed DA, Rasmussen A, Zucca R, Hesslow G. (2014). Memory trace and timing mechanism localized to cerebellar Purkinje cellsProc Natl Acad Sci USAOct 14;111(41):14930-4. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1415371111. PubMed page  

Rasmussen A, Jirenhed DA, Wetmore DZ, Hesslow G. (2014). Changes in complex spike activity during classical conditioningFront Neural Circuits. doi: 10.3389/fncir.2014.00090

Rasmussen A, Zucca R, Jirenhed DA, Johansson F, Ortenblad C, Svensson P, Hesslow G. (2014). Golgi Cell Activity During Eyeblink Conditioning in Decerebrate FerretsCerebellum. 2014 Feb;13(1):42-5. PubMed page

Wetmore DZ, Jirenhed DA, Rasmussen A, Johansson F, Schnitzer MJ, Hesslow G. (2014). Bidirectional plasticity of purkinje cells matches temporal features of learning. J Neurosci. 2014 Jan 29;34(5):1731-7. PubMed page

Rasmussen A, Jirenhed DA, Zucca R, Johansson F, Svensson P, Hesslow G. (2013). Number of spikes in climbing fibers determines the direction of cerebellar learning. J Neurosci. 2013 Aug 14;33(33):13436-40. PubMed page

Jirenhed DA, Bengtsson F, Jörntell H. (2013). Parallel fiber and climbing fiber responses in rat cerebellar cortical neurons in vivoFront Syst Neurosci. 2013 May 17;7:16. PubMed page

Hesslow G, Jirenhed DA, Rasmussen A, Johansson F. (2013). Classical conditioning of motor responses: What is the learning mechanism? Neural Netw. 2013 Mar 27;47:81–7. PubMed page

Jirenhed DA, Hesslow G. (2011). Time Course of Classically Conditioned Purkinje Cell Response is Determined by Initial Part of Conditioned StimulusJ Neurosci. 2011 Jun 22;31(25):9070-4. PubMed page

Jirenhed DA, Hesslow G. (2011). Learning Stimulus Intervals - Adaptive Timing of Conditioned Purkinje Cell Responses. Cerebellum. 10(3):525-535. PubMed page

Svensson P, Jirenhed DA, Bengtsson F, Hesslow G. (2010). Effect of Conditioned Stimulus Parameters on Timing of Conditioned Purkinje Cell Responses. J Neurophysiology. 103 (3): 1329-1336. PubMed page

Rasmussen A, Jirenhed DA, Hesslow G. (2008). Simple and Complex Spike Firing Patterns in Purkinje Cells During Classical Conditioning. Cerebellum. 7(4):563-6. PubMed page

Bengtsson F, Jirenhed DA, Svensson P, Hesslow G. (2007). Extinction of conditioned blink responses by cerebello-olivary pathway stimulation. Neuroreport. 17;18(14):1479-82. PubMed page

Jirenhed DA, Bengtsson F, Hesslow G. (2007). Acquisition, extinction, and reacquisition of a cerebellar cortical memory traceJ Neurosci. 7;27(10):2493-502. PubMed page

Hesslow G, Jirenhed DA. (2007). The inner world of a simple robot. Journal of Consciousness Studies 14 (7):85-96. LINK

Hesslow G, Jirenhed DA. (2007). Must Machines be Zombies? Internal Simulation as a Mechanism for Machine ConsciousnessAAAI Symposium, Washington DC, 8-11 November 2007. pp. 1-6. 

Ziemke T, Jirenhed, DA, Hesslow, G. (2005). Internal simulation of perception: a minimal neuro-robotic model. Neurocoputing. 68:85-104. LINK

Jirenhed DA, Hesslow G, Ziemke T. (2001). Exploring Internal Simulation of Perception in Mobile Robots. I 2001 Fourth European Workshop on Advanced Mobile Robots (Eurobot `01), Proceedings. Lund University Cognitive Studies, vol. 86, pp. 107-113.