April 1, 2019 at 11:00 pm

Psychology Colloquium | Varieties of Counterfactual Thinking, April 5

Felipe De Brigard, portrait outdoors

Dr. Felipe De Brigard

The Psychology Colloquium Series presents Dr. Felipe De Brigard on “Varieties of Counterfactual Thinking” on Friday, April 5, at 11:50 a.m. in Porter 102.

De Brigard is an assistant professor of philosophy, and an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience, at Duke. He is also core faculty in the Cognitive Center for Neuroscience and the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS).

According to his faculty page, most of his research focuses on the way in which memory and imagination interact. So far, he has 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. He also explores 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, his research attempts to understand how prior experience helps to constrain the way in which we reconstruct episodic memories. Finally, he is also interested in the role of internal attention during conscious recollection. To address these issues, he uses behavioral and functional magnetic resonance imaging techniques, as well as the conceptual rigor of philosophical analysis.

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