Jan Wikgren, Ph.D.


Senior research fellow

Department of Psychology, University of Jyväskylä


Adjunct professor of Behavioral Neuroscience

Department of Psychology, University of Turku


e-mail: jan.wikgren[at]jyu.fi



Selected publications:

Wikgren J, Mertikas GM, Raussi P, Tirkkonen R, Äyräväinen L, Pelto-Huikko M, Koch LG, Britton SL, Kainulainen H (2012) Selective breeding for endurance running capacity affects cognitive but not motor learning in rats. Physiology & Behavior, 106, 95-100.

Nokia MS, Penttonen M, & Wikgren J (2010) Hippocampal ripple -contingent training accelerates trace eyeblink conditioning and retards extinction in rabbits. The Journal of Neuroscience, 30, 11486-11492.

Nokia MS, Wikgren J (2010) Hippocampal theta activity is selectively associated with contingency detection but not discrimination in rabbit discrimination-reversal eyeblink conditioning. Hippocampus, 20, 457-460.  [pdf]

Wikgren J*, Nokia MS*, Penttonen M (2010) Hippocampo-cerebellar theta band phase synchrony in rabbits. Neuroscience, 165, 1538-1545. [pdf]

Karla S, Ruusuvirta T, Wikgren J (2009) Affective modulation of conditioned eyeblinks. Biological Psychology, 82, 192-194. [pdf]

Nokia MS, Penttonen M, Korhonen T, Wikgren J (2009) Hippocampal theta-band activity and trace eyeblink conditioning in rabbits. Behavioral Neuroscience, 123, 641-640. [pdf]

Wikgren J, Ruusuvirta T, Korhonen T (2002) Reflex facilitation during eyeblink conditioning and subsequent interpositus nucleus inactivation in the rabbit (Oryctolagus cuniculus). Behavioral Neuroscience, 116, 1052-1058. [pdf]

*equal contribution

[all publications]


Granted projects:

Discriminative learning in rats (2006), Academy of Finland, Grant number 109360 [info]

Classical eyeblink conditioning: within and beyond the cerebellum (2007-2009), Academy of Finland, Grant number 114258 [info]

Transient neural assemblies during associative learning (2009), Academy of Finland, Grant number 130003 [info]


Other projects:

Determinants of learning rate in human eyeblink conditioning [info]

Effect of innate aerobic capacity on cognitive abilities in rats (AeroBrain) [info]


Supervised PhD work:

Miriam Nokia, 2005-2009, The role of the hippocampal theta activity on classical eyeblink conditioning in rabbits. [pdf]