Felipe De Brigard

Assistant Professor of Philosophy


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.

Education & Training

  • 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

Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy (SSNAP) awarded by John Templeton Foundation (Co-Program Leader). 2016 - 2018

Muñoz-Suárez, C, de Brigard, F, and Daniel, D. Content and consciousness revisited. January 1, 2015. Full Text

Montañés, P, and De Brigard, F. Neuropsicologia clinica y cognoscitiva. Univ. Nacional de Colombia, 2001.

Banerjee, S, Cox, J, De Brigard, F, and et. al., . "The significance of cognitive neuroscience: Findings, applications and challenges." In The Cognitive Neuroscience V,edited by R Mangum and M Gazzaniga,1071-1078. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2014.

St Jacques, P, and De Brigard, F. "Neural correlates of autobiographical memory: Methodological Considerations." In The Handbook on the Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory,edited by A Durte, M Barense, and D Addis. Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

De Brigard, F. "What was I thinking? Dennett’s Content and Consciousness and the reality of propositional attitudes." In Content and Consciousness Revisited,edited by CM Muñoz-Suárez and F De Brigard. Springer, 2013.

De Brigard, F, Giovanello, KS, and Kaufer, D. "Neuroanatomy of Memory." In Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry,edited by DB Arcinegas, CA Anderson, and CM Filley. Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2013.

De Brigard, F. "Memoria, neurociencia y educación." In La pizarra de Babel: Puentes entre neurociencia, psicologia y educación,edited by S Lipina and M Sigman,179-194. Buenos Aires: Libros del Zorzal.

Henne, P, Pinillos, Á, and De Brigard, F. "Cause by Omission and Norm: Not Watering Plants." Australasian Journal of Philosophy 95, no. 2 (April 3, 2017): 270-283. Full Text

Stanley, ML, Parikh, N, Stewart, GW, and De Brigard, F. "Emotional intensity in episodic autobiographical memory and counterfactual thinking." Consciousness and Cognition 48 (February 2017): 283-291. Full Text

De Brigard, F, Brady, TF, Ruzic, L, and Schacter, DL. "Tracking the emergence of memories: A category-learning paradigm to explore schema-driven recognition." Memory & Cognition 45, no. 1 (January 2017): 105-120. Full Text

De Brigard, F, Giovanello, KS, Stewart, GW, Lockrow, AW, O'Brien, MM, and Spreng, RN. "Characterizing the subjective experience of episodic past, future, and counterfactual thinking in healthy younger and older adults." Quarterly journal of experimental psychology (2006) 69, no. 12 (December 2016): 2358-2375. Full Text

Henne, P, Chituc, V, De Brigard, F, and Sinnott-Armstrong, W. "An Empirical Refutation of ‘Ought’ Implies ‘Can’." Analysis 76, no. 3 (July 2016): 283-290. Full Text

Chituc, V, Henne, P, Sinnott-Armstrong, W, and De Brigard, F. "Blame, not ability, impacts moral "ought" judgments for impossible actions: Toward an empirical refutation of "ought" implies "can"." Cognition 150 (May 2016): 20-25. Full Text

De Brigard, F, Nathan Spreng, R, Mitchell, JP, and Schacter, DL. "Neural activity associated with self, other, and object-based counterfactual thinking." NeuroImage 109 (April 2015): 12-26. Full Text

Schacter, DL, Benoit, RG, De Brigard, F, and Szpunar, KK. "Episodic future thinking and episodic counterfactual thinking: intersections between memory and decisions." Neurobiology of learning and memory 117 (January 2015): 14-21. Full Text

De Brigard, F, and Hanna, E. "Clinical applications of counterfactual thinking during memory reactivation." The Behavioral and brain sciences 38 (January 2015): e5-. Full Text

De Brigard, F. "The Nature of Memory Traces." Philosophy Compass 9, no. 6 (June 2014): 402-414. Full Text


De Brigard, F. "The Anatomy of Amnesia." Scientific American Mind (2014): 33-37.

De Brigard, F. "The New Paideia." 3:AM Magazine (2014).

De Brigard, F. "Estados Unidos: Entre ilusiones y prejuicios." Revista Javeriana (2005).

De Brigard, F. "Finding Memory: Interview with Daniel L. Schacter." Universitas Psychologica 12, no. 5: 2605-1610.