Felipe De Brigard

Felipe De Brigard

Fuchsberg-Levine Family Associate Professor


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

Henne, P., V. Chituc, F. De Brigard, and W. Sinnott-Armstrong. “An Empirical Refutation of 'Ought' Implies 'Can'.” Analysis (United Kingdom) 76, no. 3 (January 1, 2016): 283–90. https://doi.org/10.1093/analys/anw041. Full Text

De Brigard, F. “Consciousness and moral responsibility.” Analysis (United Kingdom) 75, no. 4 (October 1, 2015): 661–67. https://doi.org/10.1093/analys/anv012. Full Text

De Brigard, Felipe, R. Nathan Spreng, Jason P. Mitchell, and Daniel L. Schacter. “Neural activity associated with self, other, and object-based counterfactual thinking..” Neuroimage 109 (April 2015): 12–26. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.12.075. Full Text

Schacter, Daniel L., Roland G. Benoit, Felipe De Brigard, and Karl K. Szpunar. “Episodic future thinking and episodic counterfactual thinking: intersections between memory and decisions..” Neurobiology of Learning and Memory 117 (January 2015): 14–21. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.nlm.2013.12.008. Full Text

De Brigard, Felipe, and Eleanor Hanna. “Clinical applications of counterfactual thinking during memory reactivation..” The Behavioral and Brain Sciences 38 (January 2015). https://doi.org/10.1017/s0140525x14000351. Full Text

De Brigard, F. “In defence of the self-stultification objection.” Journal of Consciousness Studies 21, no. 5–6 (May 1, 2014): 120–30.

De Brigard, F. “The nature of memory traces.” Philosophy Compass 9, no. 6 (January 1, 2014): 402–14. https://doi.org/10.1111/phc3.12133. Full Text

De Brigard, F., D. R. Addis, J. H. Ford, D. L. Schacter, and K. S. Giovanello. “Remembering what could have happened: neural correlates of episodic counterfactual thinking..” Neuropsychologia 51, no. 12 (October 2013): 2401–14. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2013.01.015. Full Text

De Brigard, Felipe, Karl K. Szpunar, and Daniel L. Schacter. “Coming to grips with the past: effect of repeated simulation on the perceived plausibility of episodic counterfactual thoughts..” Psychological Science 24, no. 7 (July 2013): 1329–34. https://doi.org/10.1177/0956797612468163. Full Text