I am interested in dynamics of visual perception and my favorite way to study it is by using multi-stable displays.

I work at the University of Bamberg, Germany

You can reach me at  pastukhov.alexander@gmail.com


Open data repository at OSF


Alexander Pastukhov, Christina Rita Zaus, Stepan Aleshin, Jochen Braun, and Christian-Claus Carbon (2018). Perceptual coupling induces co-rotation and speeds up alternations in adjacent bi-stable structure-from-motion objects. Journal of Vision, 18(4), 21. doi:10.1167/18.4.21.

Christian-Claus Carbon and Alexander Pastukhov (2018). Reliable top-left light convention starts with Early Renaissance: An extensive approach comprising 10k artworks. Frontiers in Psychology, 9(April), 1-7. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00454.

Alexander Pastukhov, Johanna Prasch, and Christian-Claus Carbon (2018). Out of sight, out of mind: lack of persistence for occluded moving bi-stable structure-from-motion displays. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, , . doi:10.3758/s13414-018-1505-z.

Astrid Schütz, Dario Nalis, and Alexander Pastukhov (2018). The Bamberg Trucking Game: A Paradigm for Assessing the Detection of Win-Win Solutions in a Potential Conflict Scenario. Frontiers in Psychology, 9(February), 1-13. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00138.

Dina Devyatko and Alexander Pastukhov (2018). Extrinsic grouping factors in motion-induced blindness. PLOS ONE, 13(1), e0192133. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0192133.


Alexander Pastukhov (2017). First, you need a Gestalt: An interaction of bottom-up and top-down streams during the perception of the ambiguously rotating human walker. Scientific Reports, 7(1), 1158. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-01376-1.


Robin Cao, Alexander Pastukhov, Mattia Maurizio, and Jochen Braun (2016). Collective Activity of Many Bistable Assemblies Reproduces Characteristic Dynamics of Multistable Perception. Journal of Neuroscience, 36(26), 6957-6972. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.4626-15.2016.

Alexander Pastukhov and Jan-Nikolas Klanke (2016). Exogenously triggered perceptual switches in multistable structure-from-motion occur in the absence of visual awareness. Journal of Vision, 16(3), 14. doi:10.1167/16.3.14.

Alexander Pastukhov (2016). Perception and the strongest sensory memory trace of multi-stable displays both form shortly after the stimulus onset. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 78(2), 674-684. doi:10.3758/s13414-015-1004-4.


Alexander Pastukhov, Solveiga Vivian-Griffiths, and Jochen Braun (2015). Transformation priming helps to disambiguate sudden changes of sensory inputs. Vision Research, 116, 36-44. doi:10.1016/j.visres.2015.09.005.


Alexander Pastukhov, Anna Lissner, Jana Füllekrug, and Jochen Braun (2014). Sensory memory of illusory depth in structure-from-motion.. Attention, perception & psychophysics, 76(1), 123-32. doi:10.3758/s13414-013-0557-3.

Alexander Pastukhov, Anna Lissner, and Jochen Braun (2014). Perceptual adaptation to structure-from-motion depends on the size of adaptor and probe objects, but not on the similarity of their shapes. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 76(2), 473-488. doi:10.3758/s13414-013-0567-1.


Alexander Pastukhov, Pedro E García-Rodríguez, Joachim Haenicke, Antoni Guillamon, Gustavo Deco, and Jochen Braun (2013). Multi-stable perception balances stability and sensitivity. Frontiers in Computational Neuroscience, 7(17), 17. doi:10.3389/fncom.2013.00017.

Alexander Pastukhov, Jana Füllekrug, and Jochen Braun (2013). Sensory memory of structure-from-motion is shape-specific. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 75(6), 1215-1229. doi:10.3758/s13414-013-0471-8.

Alexander Pastukhov, Victoria Vonau, Solveiga Stonkute, and Jochen Braun (2013). Spatial and temporal attention revealed by microsaccades. Vision Research, 85(0), 45-57. doi:10.1016/j.visres.2012.11.004.

Alexander Pastukhov and Jochen Braun (2013). Structure-from-motion: dissociating perception, neural persistence, and sensory memory of illusory depth and illusory rotation. Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics, 75(2), 322-340. doi:10.3758/s13414-012-0390-0.

Alexander Pastukhov and Jochen Braun (2013). Disparate time-courses of adaptation and facilitation in multi-stable perception. Learning & Perception, 5(Supplement 2), 101-118. doi:10.1556/LP.5.2013.Suppl2.7.


Solveiga Stonkute, Jochen Braun, and Alexander Pastukhov (2012). The Role of Attention in Ambiguous Reversals of Structure-From-Motion. PLoS ONE, 7(5), e37734. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0037734.

Alexander Pastukhov, Victoria Vonau, and Jochen Braun (2012). Believable change: Bistable reversals are governed by physical plausibility. Journal of Vision, 12(1), 17-17. doi:10.1167/12.1.17.


Mariann Hudak, Patricia Gervan, Björn Friedrich, Alexander Pastukhov, Jochen Braun, and Ilona Kovacs (2011). Increased readiness for adaptation and faster alternation rates under binocular rivalry in children.. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 5(128), 128. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2011.00128.

Alexander Pastukhov and Jochen Braun (2011). Cumulative history quantifies the role of neural adaptation in multistable perception. Journal of Vision, 11(10), 12-12. doi:10.1167/11.10.12.


Alexander Pastukhov, Victoria Vonau, and Jochen Braun (2010). No Stopping and No Slowing: Removing Visual Attention with No Effect on Reversals of Phenomenal Appearance. Artificial Neural Networks – ICANN 2010, 6354, 510-515. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-15825-4_70.

Alexander Pastukhov and Jochen Braun (2010). Rare but precious: Microsaccades are highly informative about attentional allocation. Vision Research, 50(12), 1173-1184. doi:10.1016/j.visres.2010.04.007.


Alexander Pastukhov, Laura Fischer, and Jochen Braun (2009). Visual attention is a single, integrated resource. Vision Research, 49(10), 1166-1173. doi:10.1016/j.visres.2008.04.011.


Alexander Pastukhov and Jochen Braun (2008). A short-term memory of multi-stable perception. Journal of Vision, 8(13), 7-7. doi:10.1167/8.13.7.


Alexander Pastukhov and Jochen Braun (2007). Perceptual reversals need no prompting by attention. Journal of Vision, 7(10), 5. doi:10.1167/7.10.5.


edfR, import Eyelink data into R

R package to import eye tracking recording generated by SR Research Eyelink eye tracker from EDF-files. It includes options to import events and/or recorded samples and extract individual events such as saccades, fixatoins, blinks, and recorded variables.

Install from github respository

options(devtools.install.args = "--no-multiarch") # only relevant for Windows

edfImport, Matlab toolbox

This library provides a simple interface to import contents of the EDF files generated by Eyelink eye-tracker into Matlab. It imports events and/or samples, automatically parsing them into separate trials. In addition to that, several post-processing functions can be used to extract selected events (fixations, saccades and blinks), variable values (TRIAL_VAR events) and microsaccades.

Download source files and the manual from the OSF repository or clone the github respository.

BiDimensional regression, R package

Package to calculate the bidimensional regression between two 2D configurations following the approach by Tobler (1965).

Install from github respository

library("devtools"); install_github("alexander-pastukhov/bidim-regression",dependencies=TRUE)