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Felipe De Brigard, Fuchsberg-Levine Family Associate Professor of Philosophy and Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Member of Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and Associate of the Duke Initiative for Science & Society    editFelipe De Brigard

Most of my research focuses on the way in which memory and imagination interact. So far, I have explored ways in which episodic memory both guides and constrains episodic counterfactual thinking (i.e., thoughts about alternative ways in which past personal events could have occurred), and how this interaction affects the perceived plausibility of imagined counterfactual events. I also explore the differential contribution of episodic and semantic memory in the generation of different kinds of counterfactual simulations, as well as the effect of counterfactual thinking on the memories they derive from. In addition, my research attempts to understand how prior experience helps to constrain the way in which we reconstruct episodic memories. Finally, I am also interested in the role of internal attention during conscious recollection. To address these issues I use behavioral and functional magnetic resonance imaging techniques, as well as the conceptual rigor of philosophical analysis.

Office Location: 203A West Duke Building
Office Phone: (919) 660-3062
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page: http://www.felipedebrigard.com

Education:
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2011
M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2007
M.A., Tufts University, 2005
A.B., Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Colombia), 2002

Specialties:
Cognitive Science
Philosophy of Mind

Research Interests: Philosophy of Mind, Cognitive Science and Neuroscience; Neurophilosophy; Moral Psychology
Most of my research focuses on the way in which memory and imagination interact. So far, I have explored ways in which episodic memory both guides and constrains episodic counterfactual thinking (i.e., thoughts about alternative ways in which past personal events could have occurred), and how this interaction affects the perceived plausibility of imagined counterfactual events. I also explore the differential contribution of episodic and semantic memory in the generation of different kinds of counterfactual simulations, as well as the effect of counterfactual thinking on the memories they derive from. In addition, my research attempts to understand how prior experience helps to constrain the way in which we reconstruct episodic memories. Finally, I am also interested in the role of internal attention during conscious recollection. To address these issues I use behavioral and functional magnetic resonance imaging techniques, as well as the conceptual rigor of philosophical analysis.

Areas of Interest:
Memory, Imagination, Attention, Consciousness, Counterfactual Thinking

Teaching (Fall 2019):
  • PHIL 242.01, Problems in phil of science Synopsis
    West Duke 202, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
  • PHIL 555S.01, Philosophy of mind (top) Synopsis
    West Duke 204, Tu 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
  • PHIL 798S.01, Philosophical interlocution Synopsis
    West Duke 204, TuTh 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
  • PHIL 798S.02, Philosophical interlocution Synopsis
    West Duke 204, F 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)
  • Henne, P; Niemi, L; Pinillos, Á; De Brigard, F; Knobe, J. "A counterfactual explanation for the action effect in causal judgment.." Cognition 190 (September, 2019): 157-164. [doi]  [abs]
  • Stanley, ML; De Brigard, F. "Moral Memories and the Belief in the Good Self." Current Directions in Psychological Science 28.4 (August, 2019): 387-391. [doi]  [abs]
  • De Brigard, F; Hanna, E; St Jacques, PL; Schacter, DL. "How thinking about what could have been affects how we feel about what was.." Cognition and Emotion 33.4 (June, 2019): 646-659. [doi]  [abs]
  • Murray, S; Murray, ED; Stewart, G; Sinnott-Armstrong, W; De Brigard, F. "Responsibility for forgetting." Philosophical Studies 176.5 (May, 2019): 1177-1201. [doi]  [abs]
  • De Brigard, F; Langella, S; Stanley, ML; Castel, AD; Giovanello, KS. "Age-related differences in recognition in associative memory.." Neuropsychology, Development, and Cognition. Section B, Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition (April, 2019): 1-13. [doi]  [abs]


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