Felipe De Brigard

Felipe De Brigard

Assistant Professor in the Department 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

  • Post Doctoral Fellow, Philosophy, Harvard University 2011 - 2013

  • Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2011

  • Visiting Instructor, Philosophy, Elon University 2009 - 2010

  • M.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2007

  • M.A., Tufts University 2005

  • A.B., Universidad Nacional de Colombia (Colombia) 2002

Selected Grants

Effects of Aging on Episodic Memory-Dependent Decision Making awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2018 - 2023

Counterfactual Simulation and Omissive Causation awarded by Office of Naval Research (Principal Investigator). 2017 - 2020

Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy (SSNAP) awarded by John Templeton Foundation (Co-Program Leader). 2016 - 2019

Content and Consciousness Revisited.: Springer International Publishing, 2015. Full Text

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

Brigard, FD. "Memory and the Intentional Stance.".: Oxford University Press, February 15, 2018. Full Text

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.

Parikh, N, Ruzic, L, Stewart, GW, Spreng, RN, and De Brigard, F. "What if? Neural activity underlying semantic and episodic counterfactual thinking." Neuroimage 178 (September 2018): 332-345. Full Text

Stanley, ML, Yang, BW, and De Brigard, F. "No evidence for unethical amnesia for imagined actions: A failed replication and extension." Memory & Cognition 46, no. 5 (July 2018): 787-795. Full Text

Stanley, ML, Dougherty, AM, Yang, BW, Henne, P, and De Brigard, F. "Reasons probably won't change your mind: The role of reasons in revising moral decisions." Journal of Experimental Psychology. General 147, no. 7 (July 2018): 962-987. Full Text

De Brigard, F, and Brady, WJ. "Correction to: The Effect of What We Think may Happen on our Judgments of Responsibility." Review of Philosophy and Psychology 9, no. 2 (June 2018): 447-447. Full Text

De Freitas, J, Sarkissian, H, Newman, GE, Grossmann, I, De Brigard, F, Luco, A, and Knobe, J. "Consistent Belief in a Good True Self in Misanthropes and Three Interdependent Cultures." Cognitive Science 42 Suppl 1 (May 2018): 134-160. Full Text

"The discontinuity of levels in cognitive science." Teorema 37, no. 3 (January 1, 2018): 151-165.

De Brigard, F, and Gessell, B. "Why episodic memory may not be for communication." The Behavioral and Brain Sciences 41 (January 2018): e8-null. Full Text

De Brigard, F, Parikh, N, Stewart, GW, Szpunar, KK, and Schacter, DL. "Neural activity associated with repetitive simulation of episodic counterfactual thoughts." Neuropsychologia 106 (November 2017): 123-132. Full Text

Stanley, ML, Henne, P, Iyengar, V, Sinnott-Armstrong, W, and 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, no. 6 (June 2017): 884-895. Full Text

De Brigard, F. "Cognitive systems and the changing brain." Philosophical Explorations 20, no. 2 (May 4, 2017): 224-241. 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.