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

Felipe De Brigard
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Teaching (Spring 2019):


Ph.D.University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill2011
M.A.University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill2007
M.A.Tufts University2005
A.B.Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Colombia)2002

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

Recent Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Parikh, N; Ruzic, L; Stewart, GW; Spreng, RN; De Brigard, F (2018). What if? Neural activity underlying semantic and episodic counterfactual thinking.. Neuroimage, 178, 332-345. [doi]  [abs]
  2. Stanley, ML; Yang, BW; De Brigard, F (2018). No evidence for unethical amnesia for imagined actions: A failed replication and extension.. Memory & Cognition, 46(5), 787-795. [doi]  [abs]
  3. Stanley, ML; Dougherty, AM; Yang, BW; Henne, P; De Brigard, F (2018). Reasons probably won't change your mind: The role of reasons in revising moral decisions.. Journal of Experimental Psychology. General, 147(7), 962-987. [doi]  [abs]
  4. De Brigard, F; Hanna, E; St Jacques, PL; Schacter, DL (2018). How thinking about what could have been affects how we feel about what was. Cognition and Emotion, 1-14. [doi]
  5. De Brigard, F; Brady, WJ (2018). Correction to: The Effect of What We Think may Happen on our Judgments of Responsibility. Review of Philosophy and Psychology, 9(2), 447-447. [doi]