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Felipe De Brigard, Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Psychology and Neuroscience and Member of the 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 (Spring 2018):
  • PHIL 798S.02, Philosophical interlocution Synopsis
    West Duke 204, F 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

Teaching (Fall 2018):

  • PHIL 590S.02, Special fields seminar (top) Synopsis
    West Duke 204, W 01:40 PM-04:10 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)
  • Murray, S; Murray, ED; Stewart, G; Sinnott-Armstrong, W; de Brigard, F. "Responsibility for forgetting." Philosophical Studies (February, 2018): 1-25. [doi]  [abs]
  • De Brigard, F; Parikh, N; Stewart, GW; Szpunar, KK; Schacter, DL. "Neural activity associated with repetitive simulation of episodic counterfactual thoughts." Neuropsychologia 106 (November, 2017): 123-132. [doi]
  • Stanley, ML; Dougherty, AM; Yang, BW; Henne, P; De Brigard, F. "Reasons Probably Won't Change Your Mind: The Role of Reasons in Revising Moral Decisions." Journal of Experimental Psychology: General (September, 2017). [doi]  [abs]
  • De Brigard, F. "Memory and imagination." The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Memory  (June, Accepted, 2017): 127-140. [doi]
  • Stanley, ML; Henne, P; Iyengar, V; Sinnott-Armstrong, W; De Brigard, F. "I'm not the person I used to be: The self and autobiographical memories of immoral actions.." Journal of Experimental Psychology: General 146.6 (June, 2017): 884-895. [doi]  [abs]


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