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

Stanley, Matthew L., Ashley M. Dougherty, Brenda W. Yang, Paul Henne, and Felipe De Brigard. “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): 962–87. https://doi.org/10.1037/xge0000368. Full Text

Stanley, Matthew L., Brenda W. Yang, and Felipe De Brigard. “No evidence for unethical amnesia for imagined actions: A failed replication and extension..” Memory & Cognition 46, no. 5 (July 2018): 787–95. https://doi.org/10.3758/s13421-018-0803-y. Full Text

De Freitas, Julian, Hagop Sarkissian, George E. Newman, Igor Grossmann, Felipe De Brigard, Andres Luco, and Joshua Knobe. “Consistent Belief in a Good True Self in Misanthropes and Three Interdependent Cultures..” Cognitive Science 42 Suppl 1 (May 2018): 134–60. https://doi.org/10.1111/cogs.12505. Full Text

Gessell, B., and F. De Brigard. “The discontinuity of levels in cognitive science.” Teorema 37, no. 3 (January 1, 2018): 151–65.

De Brigard, Felipe, and Bryce Gessell. “Why episodic memory may not be for communication..” The Behavioral and Brain Sciences 41 (January 2018). https://doi.org/10.1017/s0140525x17001303. Full Text

De Brigard, Felipe, Natasha Parikh, Gregory W. Stewart, Karl K. Szpunar, and Daniel L. Schacter. “Neural activity associated with repetitive simulation of episodic counterfactual thoughts..” Neuropsychologia 106 (November 2017): 123–32. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2017.09.022. Full Text

Stanley, Matthew L., Paul Henne, Vijeth Iyengar, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, and Felipe De Brigard. “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): 884–95. https://doi.org/10.1037/xge0000317. Full Text

De Brigard, F. “Cognitive systems and the changing brain.” Philosophical Explorations 20, no. 2 (May 4, 2017): 224–41. https://doi.org/10.1080/13869795.2017.1312503. Full Text

De Brigard, Felipe, Diana Carolina Rodriguez, and Patricia Montañés. “Exploring the experience of episodic past, future, and counterfactual thinking in younger and older adults: A study of a Colombian sample..” Consciousness and Cognition 51 (May 2017): 258–67. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2017.04.007. Full Text