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Department of Neurology

Department of Neurology

Faculty | Professors

G. Ron Mangun, Ph.D.

George (Ron) Mangun, Ph.D.

Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neurology
Specialty: Cognitive Neuroscience

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


Clinical & Research Interests

Dr. Mangun’s lab investigates the cognitive neuroscience of attention and perception. Recordings of brain electrical activity (EEG and 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 EEG and 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.


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

Honors and Awards

2011 – Fellow, American Association for the Advancemnt of Science (AAAS)

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

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.

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

Bengson, J.J., Kelley, T.A., Zhang, X., Wang, J.-L., and Mangun, G.R. (2014). Spontaneous neural fluctuations predict decisions to attend. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24738766

Bastos, A., Briggs, F., Alitto, H., Mangun, G.R., and Usrey, W.M. (2014). Simultaneous recordings from the primary visual cortex and lateral geniculate nucleus reveal rhythmic interactions and a cortical source for gamma-band oscillations. Journal of Neuroscience, 34(22):7639-44. PMID:24872567

Liu, Y., Bengson, J., Huang, H., Mangun, G.R., and Ding, M. (2014). Top-down modulation of neural activity in anticipatory visual attention: Control mechanisms revealed by simultaneous EEG-fMRI. Cerebral Cortex, [Epub ahead of print] 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