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

Selected Grants

Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy ["SSNAP2"] awarded by (Co-Principal Investigator). 2020 to 2023

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

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

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

Muñoz-Suárez, C., et al. Content and consciousness revisited. 2015, pp. 1–220. Scopus, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-17374-0. Full Text

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

De Brigard, F. “Memory and the intentional stance.” The Philosophy of Daniel Dennett, 2018, pp. 62–91. Scopus, doi:10.1093/oso/9780199367511.003.0005. Full Text

De Brigard, F. “Memory, attention, and joint reminiscing.” New Directions in the Philosophy of Memory, 2018, pp. 200–20. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9781315159591. Full Text

De Brigard, F. “Memory and imagination.” The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy of Memory, 2017, pp. 127–40. Scopus, doi:10.4324/9781315687315. Full Text

Banerjee, S., et al. “The significance of cognitive neuroscience: Findings, applications and challenges.” The Cognitive Neuroscience V, edited by R. Mangum and M. Gazzaniga, MIT Press, 2014, pp. 1071–78.

St Jacques, P., and F. De Brigard. “Neural correlates of autobiographical memory: Methodological Considerations..” The Handbook on the Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory., edited by A. Durte et al., Wiley-Blackwell, 2013.

De Brigard, F. “What was I thinking? Dennett’s Content and Consciousness and the reality of propositional attitudes.” Content and Consciousness Revisited, edited by C. M. Muñoz-Suárez and F. De Brigard, Springer, 2013.

De Brigard, F., et al. “Neuroanatomy of Memory.” Behavioral Neurology and Neuropsychiatry, edited by D. B. Arcinegas et al., Cambridge University Press (CUP), 2013.

De Brigard, F. “Memoria, neurociencia y educación.” La Pizarra de Babel: Puentes Entre Neurociencia, Psicologia y Educación, edited by S. Lipina and M. Sigman, Libros del Zorzal, pp. 179–94.

Henne, Paul, et al. “A counterfactual explanation for the action effect in causal judgment..” Cognition, vol. 190, Sept. 2019, pp. 157–64. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.cognition.2019.05.006. Full Text

Stanley, M. L., and F. De Brigard. “Moral Memories and the Belief in the Good Self.” Current Directions in Psychological Science, vol. 28, no. 4, Aug. 2019, pp. 387–91. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0963721419847990. Full Text

De Brigard, Felipe, et al. “How thinking about what could have been affects how we feel about what was..” Cognition & Emotion, vol. 33, no. 4, June 2019, pp. 646–59. Epmc, doi:10.1080/02699931.2018.1478280. Full Text

Murray, S., et al. “Responsibility for forgetting.” Philosophical Studies, vol. 176, no. 5, May 2019, pp. 1177–201. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s11098-018-1053-3. Full Text

De Brigard, Felipe, et al. “Age-related differences in recognition in associative memory..” Neuropsychology, Development, and Cognition. Section B, Aging, Neuropsychology and Cognition, Apr. 2019, pp. 1–13. Epmc, doi:10.1080/13825585.2019.1607820. Full Text

Stanley, Matthew L., et al. “Remembering moral and immoral actions in constructing the self..” Memory & Cognition, vol. 47, no. 3, Apr. 2019, pp. 441–54. Epmc, doi:10.3758/s13421-018-0880-y. Full Text

Henne, P., et al. “Against Some Recent Arguments for ‘Ought’ Implies ‘Can’: Reasons, Deliberation, Trying, and Furniture.” Philosophia (United States), vol. 47, no. 1, Mar. 2019, pp. 131–39. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s11406-017-9944-7. Full Text

De Brigard, F., and N. Parikh. “Episodic Counterfactual Thinking.” Current Directions in Psychological Science, vol. 28, no. 1, Feb. 2019, pp. 59–66. Scopus, doi:10.1177/0963721418806512. Full Text

Stanley, ML, Gessell, B, and De Brigard, F. "Network modularity as a foundation for neural reuse." Philosophy of Science 86.1 (January 1, 2019): 23-46. Full Text

Stanley, M. L., et al. “Resistance to Position Change, Motivated Reasoning, and Polarization.” Political Behavior, Jan. 2019. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s11109-019-09526-z. Full Text


De Brigard, F. “The Anatomy of Amnesia.” Scientific American Mind, 2014, pp. 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, vol. 12, no. 5, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, pp. 2605–1610.