Leor Katz

Email: leor dot katz at utexas dot edu


Leor is in his final (6th) year as a Ph.D. student in the INS program. He was supported by an HHMI International Student Research Fellowship.


Research interests: How are sensory signals integrated and transformed into actions that guide behavior? I don’t really know, but I’m trying to figure it out by relating choice behavior to neurophysiological activity in the primate brain. My methods of choice are psychophysics, in vivo electrophysiology, causal manipulations, and computational analysis. In my free time I wonder whether an evidence accumulator exists, where it might be in the brain, and whether we’ll even recognize it once its found.


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

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.

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 primates. Journal of Neurophysiology, 114(2): 902-913.

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.

Kit D, Katz L, Sullivan B, Snyder K, Ballard D, Hayhoe M. (2014). Eye movements, visual search and scene memory, in an immersive virtual environment. PLoS One. 23;9(4):e94362.

Levkovitz Y, Sheer A, Harel EV, Katz LN, Most D, Zangen A, & Isserles M. (2011). Differential effects of deep TMS of the prefrontal cortex on apathy and depression. Brain Stimul.4(4):266-74.

Levkovitz Y, Harel EV, Roth Y, Braw Y, Most D, Katz LN, Sheer A, Gersner R, & Zangen A. (2009). Deep transcranial magnetic stimulation over the prefrontal cortex: evaluation of antidepressant and cognitive effects in depressive patients. Brain Stimul. 2(4):188-200.