Rick L. Jenison

Position title: Professor Emeritus, Departments of Neuroscience and Psychology

Email: rjenison@wisc.edu

Phone: (608) 265-5936

3505 Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research II
1111 Highland Ave
Madison, WI 53705

Rick Jenison

Research Area(s)
Biology of Brain and Behavior
Cognitive and Cognitive Neuroscience

Lab Website
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Research Interests
Computational neuroscience; value-based decision-making; functional and effective connectivity in the human brain; point-process modeling of neural ensembles; computational models of the basal ganglia and amygdala.


  • Ph.D. 1991, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Representative Publications

  • Birn R.M., Converse A.K., Rajala A.Z., Alexander A.L., Bloek W.F., McMillan A.B, Christian B.T., Filla C.N, Murali D., Hurley S.A., Jenison R.L., and Populin, L.C. (2019) Changes in Endogenous Dopamine Induced by Methylphenidate Predict Functional Connectivity in Nonhuman Primates , Journal of Neuroscience 39:8 1436-1444.
  • Rajala A.Z., Jenison R.L., and Populin L.C. (2018) Neural correlate of auditory spatial attention allocation in the superior colliculus, Journal of Neurophysiology 119: 1450-1460.
  • Jenison R.L., Reale R.A., Armstrong A.L., Oya H., Kawasaki H. and Howard III M.A. (2015) Sparse Spectro-temporal Receptive Fields based on Multi-unit and High-gamma response in Human Auditory Cortex, PLoS ONE, 10(9)
  • Rajala, A.Z., Jenison, R.L., and Populin, L.C. (2015) Decision making: effects of methylphenidate on temporal discounting in nonhuman primates.  Journal of Neurophysiology, 114, 70-79
  • Jenison, R.L. (2014) Directional Influence between the Human Amygdala and Orbitofrontal Cortex at the Time of Decision-Making. PLoS ONE 9(10)
  • Kovach C.K., Sutterer M.J., Rushia S.N., Teriakidis A. and Jenison R.L. (2014) Two systems drive attention to rewards Frontiers in Decision Neuroscience, 5:46
  • Nourski K.V., Brugge J.F., Reale R.A., Kovach C.K., Oya H, Kawasaki H, Jenison R.L., and Howard M.A. (2013) Coding of repetitive transients by auditory cortex on posterolateral superior temporal gyrus in humans: An intracranial electrophysiology study Journal of Neurophysiology, 109, 1283-1295
  • Devilbiss D.M., Jenison RL, Berridge C.W. (2012) Stress-Induced Impairment of a Working Memory Task: Role of Spiking Rate and Spiking History Predicted Discharge. PLoS Comput Biol, 8:9
  • Jenison, R. L., Rangel, A., Oya, H., Kawasaki, H, Howard, M.A. (2011) Value encoding in single neurons in the human amygdala during decision-making, Journal of Neuroscience, 31, 331-338
  • Alexander J.M., Jenison R.L., Kluender K.R. (2011) Real-Time Contrast Enhancement to Improve Speech Recognition. PLoS ONE, 6:9
  • Jenison, R. L. and Reale, R. A. (2004) The shape of neural dependence, Neural Computation, 16, 665-672