Principal Investigator

Huan Luo
Audiovisual processing, attention, memory, temporal organization, EEG/MEG, neuronal oscillation, cognitive neuroscience

address: Room 1703, Wangkezhen Building,Peking University, 5 Yiheyuan Road, Haidian, Beijing, 100871, China


Research Interests:

My lab is interested in exploring temporal dynamics and organizations in various cognitive processes(e.g., perception, attention, complex scene analysis, learning, memory, etc.)and the underlying neuronal mechanisms. We combined cognitive behavioral approaches and brain mapping techniques (e.g., EEG, MEG, fMRI, etc.) to address these questions.


Dr. Huan Luo was invited to join the Board of Reviewing Editors of eLife in Feb, 2019. (

Dr. Huan Luo was invited to join the Advisory Editorial Board of Progress in Neurobiology in Aug, 2019 (


Selected Publications(* Corresponding author):


1.  Zhang, H.*, Luo, H.* (2023) Feature-specific reactivations of past information shift current neural encoding thereby mediating serial bias behaviors. PLoS Biology 21 (3), e3002056.

2. Ren, X., Zhang, H.*, Luo, H.* (2022) Dynamic emergence of relational structure network in human brains. Progress in Neurobiology 219: 102373.

3.  Fan, Y., Luo, H.* (in press) Reactivating ordinal position information from auditory sequence memory in human brains. Cerebral Cortex.

4.  Luo, M., Zhang, H.*, Luo, H.* (2022) Cartesian coordinates scaffold stable spatial perception over time. Journal of Vision 22(8):13, 1–13.

5. Jia, J., Fan, Y., Luo, H.* (2022) Alpha-Band Phase Modulates Bottom-up Feature Processing. Cerebral Cortex 2(6): 1260-1268.

6. Li, J., Huang, Q., Han, Q., Mi, Y.*, Luo, H.* (2021) Temporally coherent perturbation of neural dynamics during retention alters human multi-item working memory. Progress in Neurobiology 201, 102023.

7. Huang, Q., Zhang, H., Luo, H.* (2021) Sequence structure organizes items in varied latent states of working memory neural network. eLife 10, e67589.

8. Fan, Y., Han, Q., Guo, S., Luo, H.* (2021) Distinct neural representations of content and ordinal structure in auditory sequence memory. Journal of Neuroscience 41(29): 6290-6303.

9. Ren, X., Luo, H.*, Zhang, H.* (2021) Automatic and fast encoding of representational uncertainty underlies the distortion of relative frequency. Journal of Neuroscience 41(16): 3692-3706.

10. Huang, Q., Luo, H.* (2020) Saliency-based rhythmic coordination of perceptual predictions. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 32(2): 2010-211.

11. Mo, C., Lu, J., Wu, B., Jia, J., Luo, H. *, Fang, F * (2019) Competing rhythmic neural representations of orientations during concurrent attention to multiple orientation features. Nature Communications 10(1): 5264. (入选“2020年度中国神经科学重大进展”)

12. Wang, Y., Zhang, J., Zou, J., Luo, H.*, Ding, N*, (2019) Prior knowledge guides speech segregation in human auditory cortex. Cerebral Cortex 29(4):1561-1571.

13. Jia, J., Fang, F. *, Luo, H. * (2019) Selective spatial attention involves two alpha-band components associated with distinct spatiotemporal and functional characteristics. NeuroImage 199: 228-236.

14. Liu, L.*, Luo, H.* (2019) Behavioral oscillation in global/local processing: Global alpha oscillations mediate global precedence effect. Journal of Vision 19(5):12.

15. Han, Q.*, Luo, H.* (2019) Visual crowding involves delayed frontoparietal response and enhanced top-down modulation. European Journal of Neuroscience.

16. Huang, Q.*, Jia, J., Han, Q., Luo, H.* (2018) Fast-backward replay of sequentially memorized items in humans. eLife 7: e35164.

17. Liu, L.*, Wang, F., Zhou, K., Ding, N., Luo, H.* (2017) Perceptual integration rapidly activates dorsal visual pathway to guide local processing in early visual areas. PLoS Biology 15(11): e2003646.

18. Jia, J., Liu, L., Fang, F., Luo, H.* (2017) Sequential sampling of visual objects during sustained attention. PLoS Biology 15(6): e2001903. (Highlighted by Primer in PLoS Biology).

19. Song, K.*, Luo, H.* (2017) Temporal organization of sound information in auditory memory. Frontiers in Psychology 8:999.

20. Huang Y, Chen L, Luo, H.* (2015) Behavioral oscillation in priming: competing perceptual predictions conveyed in alternating theta-band rhythms. Journal of Neuroscience 35(6): 2830-2837.

21. Song, K., Meng, M., Chen, L., Zhou, K.*, Luo, H.* (2014) Behavioral oscillations in attention: rhythmic alpha pulses mediated through theta band. Journal of Neuroscience 34(14): 4837-4844.

22. Luo, H.*, Tian, X., Zhou, K., Song, K., Poeppel, D. (2013) Neural response phase tracks how listeners learn new acoustic representations. Current Biology 23(11): 968-974.

23. Luo, H.*, Liu, Z., Poeppel, D.* (2010) Auditory cortex tracks both auditory and visual stimulus dynamics using low-frequency neuronal phase modulation. PLoS Biology 8(8).

24. Luo, H.*, Wang, Y., Poeppel, D., Simon, J.Z. (2007) Concurrent encoding of frequency and amplitude modulation in human auditory cortex: an encoding transition. Journal of Neurophysiology 98: 2473-3485.

25. Luo, H.*, Boemio, A., Gordon, M., Poeppel, D. (2007) Perception of FM sweeps by Chinese and English listeners. Hearing Research 224: 75-83.

26. Luo, H., Poeppel, D. (2007) Phase patterns of neuronal responses reliably discriminate speech in human auditory cortex. Neuron 54(6): 1001-1010.

27. Luo, H.*, Wang, Y., Poeppel, D., Simon, J.Z. (2006) Concurrent encoding of frequency and amplitude modulation in human auditory cortex: MEG evidence. Journal of Neurophysiology 96(5): 712-723.

28. Luo, H.*, Husain, F., Horwitz, B., Poeppel, D. (2005) Discrimination and categorization of speech and non-speech sounds in an MEG delayed-match-to-sample study. NeuroImage 28(1): 59-71.