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

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

De Brigard, F. “Comentario crítico a “Las dificultades del compatibilismo de Dennett”de José Antonio Guerrero del Amo.” Ideas Y Valores: Revista Colombiana De Filosofía 58, no. 141 (2009): 262–68.

De Brigard, F. “En busca de la mente cerebral. Del alma al software 2.” Revista Colombiana De Psiquiatría 32, no. 4 (2003): 373–90.

De Brigard, F. “Attention, Consciousness, and Commonsense.” Journal of Consciousness Studies: Controversies in Science and the Humanities 17, no. 9/10 (n.d.): 189–201.

De Brigard, F. “Capas limítrofes y dominios de evidencia en ciencia cognitiva.” Universitas Philosophica 45 (n.d.): 53–77.

De Brigard, F. “El advenimiento de la metáfora mente-computador. Del alma al software 3.” Revista Colombiana De Psiquiatría 33, no. 1 (n.d.): 64–85.

De Brigard, F. “Eliminando el fantasma de la máquina. Del alma al software 1.” Revista Colombiana De Psiquiatría 32, no. 2 (n.d.): 175–92.

De Brigard, F. “In defense of the self-stultification objection.” Journal of Consciousness Studies: Controversies in Science and the Humanities 21, no. 5/6 (n.d.): 120–30.