Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Alexander C Huk

Associate ProfessorPh.D., Stanford University

Associate Professor / Graduate Advisor [INS] / Interim Director [IRC]
Alexander C Huk



The University of Texas at Austin (2004-present) 

Associate Professor, Neuroscience, Psychology, & Center for Perceptual Systems

Graduate Advisor, Institute for Neuroscience PhD Program 

Interim Director, Imaging Research Center

Education and training

Post-Doc, University of Washington (Seattle). Advisor: Mike Shadlen

Ph.D., Stanford University, 2001. Advisor: David Heeger

B.A., Swarthmore College, 1996. Advisor: Frank Durgin

Recent awards and service

Elsevier / Vision Sciences Society Young Investigator Award, 2011.

Cosyne conference, Workshops Chair (w/ Adam Kohn), 2009.

Teaching Excellence Award, College of Natural Sciences, UT-Austin, 2009.

Research support

“Neural ensembles underlying natural tracking behavior” (U01-NS094330), BRAIN Initiative Grant, (Multiple PIs: N. Priebe, A. Huk, & I. Fiete; Co-I: B. Zemelman), 2015-present.

“Detailed multi-neuron coding of decisions in parietal cortex”, (R01-MH099611), R01 Research Project Grant / Collaborative Research in Computational Neuroscience, National Institutes of Mental Health (PIs: J. Pillow, A. Huk).

"Motion processing with 2 eyes in 3 dimensions" (R01-EY020592), R01 Research Project Grant, National Institutes of Health / National Eye Institute (PIs: A. Huk, L. Cormack, A. Kohn).

“Neural time-integration underlying higher cognitive function” (R01-EY017366), R01 Research Project Grant, National Institutes of Health / National Eye Institute (PI: A. Huk).

“CAREER: Neural basis of the perception of motion through depth” (BCS-0748413), Faculty Early Career Development Program Award, National Science Foundation (PI: A. Huk). 

“Visual display equipment for dynamic 3D visual presentations”, NVIDIA Corporation. Equipment gift-in-kind, 2009-on (Multiple PIs: Rokers, Cormack, Huk).

“Neural basis of visual experience”, Mind Science Foundation Research Grant, (PI: Huk), 2008.



BIO 366P: Laboratory in psychophysics (w/ N. Priebe), Spring 2011, Fall 2011 [repeating every Fall, 2011-on]

BIO 337: Sensory systems and the brain (undergraduate), previous years

BIO 365R: Vertebrate physiology I, previous years


BIO 381K: Ethical and professional development in the systems neurosciences, Spring 2012

BIO 381K: Computational approaches to sensory and cognitive neuroscience, Fall 2010

Other info

Huk Lab web page:

Frontiers bio

Neurotree entry



PSY 394U • Eth/Prof Dev Sensory Neuros

42580 • Spring 2016
Meets M 100pm-400pm SEA 4.242

Seminars in Cognitive or Perceptual Systems. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

PSY 394U • Eth/Prof Dev Sensory Neurosci

43665 • Spring 2013
Meets M 100pm-400pm SEA 2.108

Seminars in Cognitive or Perceptual Systems. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

PSY 394U • Comput/Electrophys/Percep/Cog

43370 • Fall 2010
Meets M 100pm-400pm SEA 2.108

Seminars in Cognitive and Perceptual Systems. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.

PSY 394U • Cognitive Neuroscience

44355 • Fall 2009
Meets M 100pm-400pm SEA 2.224
(also listed as NEU 394P, BIO 381K)

Seminars in Cognitive and Perceptual Systems. Three lecture hours a week for one semester. May be repeated for credit when the topics vary. Prerequisite: Graduate standing and consent of instructor.


Semester       Course           Unique No.         Title

2016 Spr         NEU 366P        54560            Laboratory in Psychophysics 
2016 Spr         NEU 394P        54635            ETH/Prof Dev Sensory Neuros
2016 Spr         PSY 394U        42580            ETH/Prof Dev Sensory Neuros


Joo, S.J., Katz, L.N., & Huk, A.C. (2016). Decision-related perturbations of decision-irrelevant eye movementsProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 113(7): 1925:1930.


Katz, L.N., Hennig, J., Cormack, L.K., & Huk, A.C. (2015). A distinct mechanism of temporal integration for motion through depth. Journal of Neuroscience, 35(28): 10212-10216.  


Latimer, K.W., Yates, J.L., Meister, M.L.R., Huk, A.C., & Pillow, J.W. (2015). Single-trial spike trains in parietal cortex reveal discrete steps during decision-makingScience, 349(6244): 184-187. 


Goonetilleke, S.C., Katz L.N., Wood, D.K., Gu, C., Huk, A.C., & Corneil, B.D. (2015). Cross-species comparison of anticipatory and stimulus-driven neck muscle activity well before saccadic gaze shifts in humans and non human primatesJournal of Neurophysiology, 114(2): 902-913.


Latimer, K.W., Huk, A.C., & Pillow, J. (2015). Bayesian inference for latent stepping and ramping models of spike train data. Chapter in Advanced State Space Methods for Neural and Clinical Data, Chen, Z, Ed., Cambridge University Press. [link]


Huk, A.C., Katz, L.N., & Yates, J.L. (2015). Accumulation of evidence in decision making. In Encyclopedia of Computational Neuroscience.Jaeger, D. & Jung, R., Eds., Springer[link]


Huk, A.C., & Joo, S.J. (2015). Motion perception. In Brain Mapping: An Encyclopedic Reference. Toga, A.W., Mesulam, M.M., & Kastner, S., Eds., Elsevier Press. [link]


Czuba, T.B., Huk, A.C., Cormack, L.K. & Kohn, A. (2014). Area MT encodes three-dimensional motion. Journal of Neuroscience, 34(47):15522–15533. [pdf]  …   {see a related paper in the same issue by Sanada & Deangelis [link], and a Research Highlight synopsis [link] in Nature Reviews Neuroscience}


Park, I.M., Meister, M.L.R., Huk, A.C., & Pillow, J. (2014). Encoding and decoding in parietal cortex during sensorimotor decision-makingNature Neuroscience17 (10): 1395–1403. [pdf]


Knudson, K., Yates, J., Huk, A., & Pillow, J. (2014). Inferring sparse representations of continuous signals with continuous orthogonal matching pursuit. In Advances in Neural Information Processing Systems, 27: 1215-1223. [pdf


Meister, M.L.R. Hennig, J., & Huk, A.C. (2013). Signal multiplexing and single-neuron computations in macaque LIP during perceptual decision-makingJournal of Neuroscience. 33(6), 2254-2267. [pdf]


Huk, A.C. & Meister, M.L.R. (2012). Neural correlates and neural computations in posterior parietal cortex during perceptual decision-making. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience. 6:86. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2012.00086 [pdf]


Huk, A.C. (2012). Multiplexing in the primate motion pathwayVision Research, 62, 173-180. [pdf]


Czuba, T.B., Rokers, B., Huk, A.C., & Cormack, L.K. (2012). To CD or not to CD: Is there a motion aftereffect from changing disparities? Journal of Vision, 12(4):7, 1-3. [pdf]


Eastman, K.M. & Huk, A.C. (2012). PLDAPS: A hardware architecture and software toolbox for neurophysiology requiring complex visual stimuli and online behavioral control. Frontiers in Neuroinformatics, 6:1. doi: 10.3389/fninf.2012.00001 [pdf]


Czuba, T.B., Rokers, B., Guillet, K.R., Huk, A.C., & Cormack, L.K. (2011). 3D motion aftereffects reveal distinct direction-selective mechanisms for binocular processing of motion through depth. Journal of Vision, 11(10):18, 1-18. [pdf]


Rokers, B., Czuba, T.B., Cormack, L.K., & Huk, A.C. (2011). Motion processing with two eyes in three dimensions. Journal of Vision, 11(2): 10. [pdf]


Winawer, J., Huk, A.C., & Boroditsky, L. (2010). A motion aftereffect from visual imagery of motion. Cognition, 114(2), 276-284. [pdf]


Czuba, T.B., Rokers, B., Huk, A.C., & Cormack, L.K. (2010). Speed and eccentricity tuning reveal a central role for the velocity-based cue to 3D motion. Journal of Neurophysiology, 104: 2886-2899. [pdf]


Rokers, B., Cormack, L.K., & Huk, A.C. (2009). Disparity- and velocity- based signals for 3D motion perception in human MT+Nature Neuroscience, 12(8), 1050-1055. [pdf] [supplementary materials]


Ress, D., Thompson, J.K., Rokers, B., Khan, R., & Huk, A.C. (2009). A model for transient oxygen delivery in cerebral cortex. Frontiers in Neuroenergetics, 1:3. doi:10.3389/neuro.14.003.2009 [pdf] [online] [supplemental]


Rokers, B. & Cormack, L. & Huk, A., (2008). Strong percepts of motion through depth without strong percepts of position in depth. Journal of Vision, 8(4), 1-10. [pdf]


Winawer, J., Huk, A. & Boroditsky, L. (2008). A motion aftereffect from still photographs depicting motion. Psychological Science, (19), 276-283. [pdf]


Huk, A.C. (2008). Visual neuroscience: Retinotopy meets percept-otopy? Current Biology, 18, R1005-1007. [pdf]


Wong, K-F., & Huk, A.C. (2008). Temporal dynamics underlying perceptual decision-making: Insights from the interplay between an attractor model and parietal neurophysiologyFrontiers in Neuroscience, 2(2), 245-254. [pdf]


Wong, K., Huk, A., Shadlen, M. & Wang, X. (2007). Neural circuit dynamics underlying accumulation of time-varying evidence during perceptual decision-making. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience 1:6. doi:10.3389/neuro.10/006.2007. [pdf]


Huk, A. & Shadlen, M. (2005). Neural activity in macaque parietal cortex reflects temporal integration of visual motion signals during perceptual decision-making. Journal of Neuroscience, (25), 10420-10436. [pdf]


Palmer, J., Huk, A. & Shadlen, M. (2005). The effects of stimulus strength on the speed and accuracy of a perceptual decision. Journal of Vision, (5), 376-404. [pdf]


Huk, A., Dougherty, R. & Heeger, D. (2002, September) Retinotopy and functional subdivision of human areas MT and MST. Journal of Neuroscience, (22), 7195-7205. [pdf]


Huk, A. & Heeger, D. (2002). Pattern-motion responses in human visual cortex. Nature Neuroscience, 72-75. [pdf]


Huk, A., Ress, D. & Heeger, D. (2001). Neuronal basis of the motion aftereffect reconsidered. Neuron, (32), 161-172. [pdf]


Heeger, D., Ghandi, S., Huk, A. & Boynton, G. (2001) Neuronal correlates of attention in human visual cortex. In J. Braun, C. Koch & J. Davis (Eds.), Visual Attention and Cortical Circuits (pp.25-47). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. [pdf]


Huk, A. & Heeger, D. (2000) Task-related modulation of visual cortex. Journal of Neurophysiology, (83), 3525-3536. [pdf]


Heeger, D., Huk, A., Geisler, W.S. & Albrecht, D. (2000). Spikes versus BOLD: What does neuroimaging tell us about neuronal activity?. Nature Neuroscience, (3), 631-633. [pdf]


Wandell, B., Poirson, A., Baseler, H., Boynton, G., Huk, A., Gandhi, S. & Sharpe, L. (1999). Color signals in human motion-selective cortex. Neuron, (24), 901-909. [pdf]


Durgin, F. & Huk, A. (1997). Texture density aftereffects in the perception of artificial and natural textures. Vision Research, (37), 3273-3282. [pdf]







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