George (Ron) Mangun

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Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neurology, Center for Mind and Brain


Neurology - Medicine

Offices and Labs

Center for Mind and Brain, 267 Cousteau Place.
(530) 297-4655

Profile Introduction

Cognitive neuroscience of attention and visual cognition.


1987 PhD Neuroscience University of California, San Diego

Research Interests

Dr. Mangun's work on the cognitive neuroscience of attention investigates how we perceive, attend, ignore and become aware of events in our environment. Recordings of event-related brain potentials (ERPs) from healthy persons and special patient groups provide high temporal resolution measures of stimulus processing in the human brain. The goal of this research is to identify the mechanisms of attentional selection by permitting sensory analysis of attended and ignored stimuli to be studied under a wide variety of task circumstances. To identify the brain systems and circuits involved in various attentional processes (i.e., control and selection), tools such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) are used in conjunction with ERPs. fMRI permits the living human brain to be revealed to us as it functions to enable our sensations, thoughts and actions. The information obtained from these combined behavioral, neuropsychological and neurophysiological studies yields insight into the computational and functional neuroanatomical structure of human cognition, and is essential for addressing the deficits in attention and awareness that accompany neurological and psychiatric disease.


Distinguished Scientist Lecturer Award, American Psychological Association, 1999
Distinguished Early Career Contributions Award, Society for Psychophysiological Research, 1993
James McKeen-Cattell Fellowship - Association for Psychological Science, 2006
NIMH Senior Scientist Award, 2001
Fellow, Association for Psychological Science (APS) 2007
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2011

Department and Center Affiliations

Center for Mind and Brain
Center for Neuroscience
Imaging Research Center
Department of Psychology
Department of Neurology


Society for Neuroscience
Cognitive Neuroscience Society
American Psychological Association
American Psychological Society
Psychonomics Society
Society for Psychophysiological Research

CBS Grad Group Affiliations


Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS



Laboratory for the Neuroscience of Attention, Center for Mind and Brain
  • Sean Noah, Yuelu Liu, Ashley Royston, Sharon Corina, Kira Anderson, Natalia Khodayari, Eliya Ben-Asher, Elisa Jordao

Teaching Interests

Cognitive Neuroscience
Sensation and Perception


Psc 135 Cognitive Neuroscience (Winter, Spring)
Psc 290 Topics in Cognitive Neuroscience of Attention (Fall,Winter,Spring)


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  • Liu, Y., Hong, X., Bengson, J.J., Kelley, T.A., Ding, M., & Mangun, G.R. (2017). Deciding where to attend: Large-scale network mechanisms underlying attention and intention revealed by graph-theoretic analysis. Neuroimage, May 26. pii: S1053-8119(17)30447-0. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.05.048. [Epub ahead of print]

  • Liu, Y., Bengson, J., Huang, H., Mangun, G.R., and Ding, M. (2016). Top-down modulation of neural activity in anticipatory visual attention: Control mechanisms revealed by simultaneous EEG-fMRI. Cerebral Cortex,26(2):517-29. PMID:25205663

  • Bengson, J.J., Kelley, T. & Mangun, G.R. (2015). The neural correlates of volitional attention: a combined fMRI and ERP study. Human Brain Mapping, [Epub ahead of print] PMID:25731128

  • Mazaheri, A., Fassbender, C., Coffey-Corina, S., Hartanto, T.A., Schweitzer, J.B. and Mangun, G.R.  (2013). Differential Top-Down Oscillatory EEG between ADHD Subtypes and Typically Developing Adolescents. Biological Psychiatry, Oct 1. pii: S0006-3223(13)00776-2. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2013.08.023. [Epub ahead of print] PMID:24120092

  • Briggs, F., Mangun, G.R., and Usrey, W.M. (2013). Attention enhances synaptic efficacy and signal-to-noise in neural circuits. Nature, 499:476-480.