George Mangun

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Professor and Director, Center for Mind & Brain

Departments

Neurology - Medicine

Offices and Labs

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

Profile Introduction

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.

Degrees

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.

Awards

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, 2006-07
NIMH Senior Scientist Award, 2001 to 2006

Department and Center Affiliations

Center for Mind and Brain
Center for Neuroscience
Imaging Research Center

ProfessionalSocieties

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

CBS Grad Group Affiliations

Neuroscience

Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS

Psychology

Publications

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  • Hopfinger, J.B., Buonocore, M.H. and Mangun, G.R. (2000). The neural mechanisms of top-down attentional control. Nature Neuroscience, 3, 284-291.
  • Mangun, G.R., Hinrichs, H., Scholz, M., Mueller-Gaertner, H.W., Herzog, H., Krause, B.J., Tellman, L., Kemna, L. and Heinze, H.J. (2001). Integrating electrophysiology and neuroimaging of spatial selective attention to simple isolated visual stimuli. Vision Research, 41:1423-1435.
  • Baas, J.M.P, Kenemans, J.L. and Mangun, G.R. (2002). Selective attention to spatial frequency: An ERP and source localization analysis. Clinical Neurophysiology, 113, 1840-1854.
  • Giesbrecht, B., Woldorff, M. G., Song, A. W., & Mangun, G. R. (2003). Neural mechanisms of top-down control during spatial and feature attention. NeuroImage, 19(3):496-512.
  • Khoe, W., Freeman, E., Woldorff, M., & Mangun, G.R. (2004). Electrophysiological Correlates of Lateral Interactions in Human Visual Cortex. Vision Research, 44(14):1659-1673.
  • Khoe, W., Freeman, E., Woldorff, M.G., & Mangun, G.R. (2006). Interactions between attention and perceptual grouping in human visual cortex. Brain Research, 1078(1):101-111.

Labs

Attention and Brain Function, Center for Mind and Brain
  • Sean Fannon, Lara Posle, Sharon Coffey-Corina, Bong Walsh, Joy Geng, Katherine MacLean

Teaching Interests

Cognitive Neuroscience
Sensation and Perception

Courses

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