Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Alexander C Huk


ProfessorPh.D., Stanford University

Raymond Dickson Centennial Professor (#2)
Alexander C Huk

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Biography


The University of Texas at Austin (2004-present) 

Raymond Dickson Centennial Professor (II)

Depts of Neuroscience, Psychology, & Center for Perceptual Systems

Faculty Director, Polymathic Scholars Undergraduate Honors Program

 

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.

Teaching

In spring 2018 I will be teaching a new NEU course, Rigor in Neuroscience, which will cover a range of topics related to experimental design, data analysis, and philosophy of science.

Undergraduate

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

Graduate

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: motion.cps.utexas.edu

Frontiers bio

Neurotree entry

 

Courses


PSY 394U • Eth/Prof Dev Sensory Neuros

42580 • Spring 2016
Meets M 1:00PM-4:00PM 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 1:00PM-4:00PM 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 1:00PM-4:00PM SEA 2.108
(also listed as NEU 394P)

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 1:00PM-4:00PM SEA 2.224
(also listed as BIO 381K, NEU 394P)

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

43270 • Fall 2005
Meets M 1:00PM-4:00PM RLM 5.112

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 • Trends In Cognitive Neurosci

41795 • Spring 2005
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM 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 • Cognitive Neuroscience

42824 • Fall 2004
Meets TTH 3:30PM-5:00PM 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.

Publications


(selected recent entries; full publication list available at http://motion.cps.utexas.edu/publications/)

 

Knöll, J., Pillow, J.W., & Huk, A.C. (2018). Lawful tracking of visual motion in humans, macaques, and marmosets in a naturalistic, continuous, and untrained behavioral context. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Yates, J.L., Park, I.M., Katz, L.N., Pillow, J.P., & Huk, A.C. (2017). Functional dissection of signal and noise in MT and LIP during decision-making. Nature Neuroscience, 20, 1285–1292. 

Huk, A.C., Katz, L.N., Yates, J.L. (2017). The role of the lateral intraparietal area in (the study of) decision making. Annual Review of Neuroscience, 40: 349-372. 

Huk, A.C., Czuba, T.B., Knoell, J., & Cormack, L.K. (2017). Binocular mechanisms of 3D motion processing. Annual Review of Vision Science.

Katz, L.N.*, Yates, J.L.*, Pillow, J.W., & Huk, A.C. (2016). Dissociated functional significance of decision-related activity in the primate dorsal streamNature, 535: 285–288. 

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.

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. 

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]

 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]

 

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