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Felipe De Brigard

Fuchsberg-Levine Family Associate Professor

Selected Presentations & Appearances

What can the BRAIN initiative teach us about cognition? · December 6, 2013 Lecture NYU
The cognitive neuroscience of modal cognition · October 15, 2013 Lecture University of Texas, Dallas
The cognitive neuroscience of modal cognition · October 4, 2013 Lecture Duke University
When metaphysics meets cognitive neuropsychology · August 1, 2013 Lecture Durham
Coming to grips with reality: Effect of repeated simulation on the perceived plausibility of episodic counterfactual thoughts · June 13, 2013 Lecture Brown University

Outreach & Engaged Scholarship

Summer Neuroscience Program Mentor - Summer Neuroscience Program · 2023 Projects & Field Work
Bass Connections Team Leader - Summer Neuroscience Program · 2022 - 2023 Projects & Field Work
Summer Neuroscience Program Mentor - Summer Neuroscience Program · 2019 Projects & Field Work Brain & Society
Bass Connections Faculty Team Leader - Remember Why You Should Do It? Memory and Reasons in Moral Decision-making · 2018 - 2019 Projects & Field Work

Primary Theme: Brain & Society

When faced with a moral decision, people often have many diverse reasons for and against the possible choices. Many philosophers argue that making and revising moral decisions ought to be a matter of deliberating over reasons, because reasons serve to favor or to justify choices for action. Duke researchers’ recent work has shown, however, that people typically make an initial moral decision and then set out to confirm the validity of that decision through biased and motivated reasoning. Because of this, people very rarely change their moral decisions. This is only part of the story, however. Memory for reasons likely plays a critical role in our propensity to keep our moral decisions fixed over time. This Bass Connections project will conduct experiments to investigate this issue.