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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 (Fall 2018):
  • PHIL 590S.02, Special fields seminar (top) Synopsis
    West Duke 204, W 01:40 PM-04:10 PM

Teaching (Spring 2019):

  • PHIL 252.01, Philosophy and neuroscience Synopsis
    Soc/Psych 127, TuTh 10:05 AM-11:20 AM
  • PHIL 798S.02, Philosophical interlocution Synopsis
    West Duke 204, F 03:05 PM-05:35 PM

Recent Publications   (More Publications)
  • Parikh, N; Ruzic, L; Stewart, GW; Spreng, RN; De Brigard, F. "What if? Neural activity underlying semantic and episodic counterfactual thinking." Neuroimage 178 (September, 2018): 332-345. [doi]
  • Stanley, ML; Yang, BW; De Brigard, F. "No evidence for unethical amnesia for imagined actions: A failed replication and extension." Memory & Cognition 46.5 (July, 2018): 787-795. [doi]
  • 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 (June, 2018): 1-14. [doi]
  • De Brigard, F; Brady, WJ. "Correction to: The Effect of What We Think may Happen on our Judgments of Responsibility." Review of Philosophy and Psychology 9.2 (June, 2018): 447-447. [doi]
  • De Freitas, J; Sarkissian, H; Newman, GE; Grossmann, I; De Brigard, F; Luco, A; Knobe, J. "Consistent Belief in a Good True Self in Misanthropes and Three Interdependent Cultures." Cognitive Science 42 (May, 2018): 134-160. [doi]


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