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George Ron Mangun

Professor and Director, Center for Mind & Brain

Neurology - Medicine
Neurology - Medicine

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


1987 PhD University of California, San Diego Neuroscience

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

Department and Center Affiliations:

Center for Mind and Brain
Center for Neuroscience
Imaging Research Center

Professional Societies:

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

CBS Graduate Group Affiliations:


Graduate Groups not Housed in CBS:



Last updated 5/21/2010
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.

Laboratory Personnel:

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


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