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Department of Neurology

Department of Neurology

Faculty | Professors

G. Ron Mangun, Ph.D.

George R. Mangun, Ph.D.

Dean, UC Davis Division of Social Sciences,
College of Letters and Science
Professor of Psychology and Neurology
Specialty: Cognitive Neuroscience

Center for Mind and Brain
267 Cousteau Place
Davis, CA 95618
(530) 297-4651

Department of Psychology, Division of Social Sciences
134 Young Hall
One Shields Avenue
Davis, California 95616
(530) 752-1880

Clinical & 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 (ERP) 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 ERP. 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.


UC San Diego
La Jolla, California
Ph.D. 1987


Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, Arizona
B.S. 1981



UC San Diego, School of Medicine
San Diego, California

Professional Memberships

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

Honors and Awards

2009 – Sage Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Sage Center for the Mind (UC Santa Barbara)

2007 – Fellow, Association for Psychological Science (APS)

2006 – James McKeen Cattell Fund Fellow, Association for Psychological Science (APS)

2006 – Elected Member of the International Neuropsychological Symposium

2001 – Senior Scientist Award, NIMH

Select Recent Publications

Wilson, K.D., Woldorff, M.G., & Mangun, G.R. (2005). Control networks and hemispheric asymmetries in parietal cortex during attentional orienting in different spatial reference frames. NeuroImage, 25(3):668-683.

Giesbrecht, B., Weissman, D., Woldorff, M. and Mangun, G.R. (2006). Pre-target activity in visual cortex predicts behavioral performance on spatial and feature attention tasks. Brain Research, 1080(1):63-72.

Slagter, H.A., Weissman, D.H., Giesbrecht, B., Kenemans, J.L., Mangun, G.R., Kok, A. & Woldorff. M.G. (2006). Brain regions activated by endogenous preparatory set-shifting as revealed by fMRI. Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, 6: 175–189

Slagter, H.A., Giesbrecht, B., Kok, A., Weissman, D.H., Kenemans, J.L., Woldorff, M.G. & Mangun, G.R. (2007) . fMRI evidence for both generalized and specialized components of attentional control. Brain Research, 1177:90-102.

Fannon SP, Saron CD and Mangun GR (2008) Baseline shifts do not predict attentional modulation of target processing during feature-based visual attention. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 1:7. doi:10.3389/neuro.09/007.2007

Geng, J.J. and Mangun, G.R. (2008). The anterior intraparietal sulcus is sensitive to bottom-up attention driven by stimulus salience. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 21(8): 1584-1601.

Ravizza, S.M., Mangun, G. R., Carter, C. S. (2009).  The neural basis of attention.  In:  S. Wood, N. Allen, & C. Pantelis (Eds.), Handbook of Neuropsychology of Mental Illness.  Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, U.K., pp. 105-116.