George R. Mangun, Dean

DIVISION OF Social Sciences


George R. Mangun is Dean of the Division of Social Sciences at UC Davis, and Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neurology in the Center for Mind and Brain. 

Mangun is a leader of the cognitive neuroscience revolution that has captivated the minds of a generation of neuroscientists, psychologists and social scientists. His research incorporates electrophysiological and functional neuroimaging to study of the mechanisms of human attention and awareness. 

He has published more than 140 scientific papers, chapters, books, edited volumes and special journal issues, including his celebrated co-authored undergraduate textbook Cognitive Neuroscience: The Biology of the Mind, (W.W. Norton, 4th Ed., 2013). The first textbook written on the field, it has been translated into four languages. Mangun serves on national and international scientific advisory boards, including for the National Institutes of Health and the European Research Council, and is a popular speaker on topics ranging from the nature of neural mechanisms supporting thought, to how the brain creates human reality. 

Mangun received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from UC San Diego in 1987. He has taught and conducted research at Dartmouth College and Duke University. At Duke, he established and directed the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, which became one of the nation’s most prominent programs for the study of the human brain and mind. 

At UC Davis in 2002, Mangun led the founding of a major new campus initiative, the Center for Mind and Brain (, which he directed until 2009. Today, the center comprises 17 faculty laboratories that are supported by federal, state and private grants to investigate a range of scientific questions at the cutting edge of mind and brain research on health and disease. 

For his scientific contributions, among other honors, Mangun has received awards from the Society for Psychophysiological Research, the American Psychological Association and the National Institute of Mental Health. He is an elected Fellow of both the Association for Psychological Science, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

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