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

De Brigard, Felipe, and Kelly S. Giovanello. “Influence of outcome valence in the subjective experience of episodic past, future, and counterfactual thinking..” Consciousness and Cognition 21, no. 3 (September 2012): 1085–96. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.concog.2012.06.007. Full Text

Giovanello, Kelly S., Felipe De Brigard, Jaclyn Hennessey Ford, Daniel I. Kaufer, James R. Burke, Jeffrey N. Browndyke, and Kathleen A. Welsh-Bohmer. “Event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging changes during relational retrieval in normal aging and amnestic mild cognitive impairment..” J Int Neuropsychol Soc 18, no. 5 (September 2012): 886–97. https://doi.org/10.1017/S1355617712000689. Full Text

De Brigard, Felipe. “Predictive memory and the surprising gap..” Frontiers in Psychology 3 (January 2012). https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00420. Full Text

De Brigard, Felipe. “The role of attention in conscious recollection..” Frontiers in Psychology 3 (January 2012). https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2012.00029. Full Text

Brigard, F. de. “Consciousness, attention and commonsense.” Journal of Consciousness Studies 17, no. 9–10 (October 22, 2010): 189–201.

Sarkissian, H., A. Chatterjee, F. De brigard, J. Knobe, S. Nichols, and S. Sirker. “Is belief in free will a cultural universal?.” Mind and Language 25, no. 3 (June 1, 2010): 346–58. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0017.2010.01393.x. Full Text

Brigard, F. de. “If you like it, does it matter if it's real?.” Philosophical Psychology 23, no. 1 (February 1, 2010): 43–57. https://doi.org/10.1080/09515080903532290. Full Text

De Brigard, Felipe, and Jesse Prinz. “Attention and consciousness..” Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews. Cognitive Science 1, no. 1 (January 2010): 51–59. https://doi.org/10.1002/wcs.27. Full Text

Brigard, F. de, E. Mandelbaum, and D. Ripley. “Responsibility and the brain sciences.” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 12, no. 5 (November 1, 2009): 511–24. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10677-008-9143-5. Full Text

De Brigard, Felipe. “Review of The Origins of Meaning: Language in the Light of Evolution.” Philosophical Psychology 22, no. 4 (August 2009): 529–33. https://doi.org/10.1080/09515080903157924. Full Text