About the principal investigator


Felipe De Brigard, PhD

Felipe 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). He earned a bachelor's degree from the University of Colombia, where he studied philosophy and neuropsychology; a masters degree from Tufts University, where he studied philosophy and cognitive science (under the direction of Daniel Dennett); and a doctoral degree at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he studied philosophy (under the direction of Jesse Prinz) and cognitive neuroscience (under the direction of Kelly Giovanello). Before coming to Duke, he spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow at the Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory Lab at Harvard University (under the direction of Daniel Schacter).  

Graduate Students

Bryce Gessell


 Bryce Gessell is a philosophy PhD student interested in the connections between philosophy, psychology, and neuroscience. In particular, he studies how knowledge of the brain can influence psychological theories. He also has a related research program in the history of philosophy and science, investigating the ways in which early modern physiologists used recent discoveries in brain anatomy to develop an original theory of body-soul interaction. 

Website: www.emps.me/bryce

Paul Henne


 Paul M. Henne is a PhD student in philosophy. Before attending Duke, he received his MA from Arizona State University and his BA from Lake Forest College. His primary interests in philosophy are in experimental metaphysics and in moral philosophy and psychology--particularly topics related to absences, omissions, and nothingness (including imagination and fiction). He is, for instance, curious about the gap between our causal judgments about omissions and their relation to the world. Website: http://www.paulhenne.com 

Leonard Faul


 Leonard Faul is a PhD student who entered through the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program. He received a B.S. in psychology and biology from the University of Louisville in 2017, where he also worked as a research assistant in the Neuroimaging Laboratory of Cognitive, Affective, and Motoric Processes. He currently works with Kevin LaBar and Felipe De Brigard to investigate the interaction of emotional experiences with memory consolidation and modification. 

Natasha Parikh


 Natasha Parikh is a graduate student that came in through the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program. She received her B.S. in mathematical and computational biology from Harvey Mudd College. Her current research interests revolve around the interplay between emotion regulation and emotional memories and how levels of depression and anxiety influence it. 

Website: natashaparikh.com.  

Matthew Stanley


 Matthew Stanley is a PhD student in Psychology & Neuroscience at Duke University who entered through the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program (CNAP). He works with Roberto Cabeza, Felipe De Brigard, Elizabeth Marsh, and Walter Sinnott-Armstrong to answer questions involving memory, morality, truth, and reasons from computational, behavioral, and philosophical perspectives. 

Website: https://www.matthewlstanley.com/

Brenda Yang


Brenda Yang is a PhD student in Psychology & Neuroscience, who entered through the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program (CNAP). She received B.S. and B.A. degrees in Neuroscience and Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Southern California. She worked as a high school science teacher educator in northeast Los Angeles through Teach for America before entering graduate school. She works with Elizabeth Marsh and Felipe De Brigard to study questions relating to imagining, belief, and education. 

Website: www.brendayang.com


Alisa Bedrov


3rd year

Carolyn Bell


3rd year

Scotty Carlson


3rd year

Sarah Haurin


3rd year

Olivia Lee


3rd year

Natalia Mesa


3rd year

Anna Slingerland


3rd year

Christopher Camp


4th year

Ben Sosin


4th year

Shenyang Huang


3rd year





Lab Manager

Jackie DeRosa


 Jackie DeRosa is the full time lab manager for the IMC Lab, and project coordinator for the Duke Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy. She graduated from Elon University in May 2017 with a BA in psychology. Jackie's primary interests include the neuroscience of emotion, aging, and memory.

Alumni and Associates


Laura Niemi (University of Toronto)

Aurelio Falconi

Research Associates

Vlad Chituc

Gregory Stewart

Siyuan Yin


Donna Rose Addis (University of Auckland)

Tim Brady (University of California, San Diego)

Roberto Cabeza (Duke University)

Kelly S. Giovanello (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill)

Kevin LaBar (Duke University)

Zach Rosenthal (Duke University)

Daniel L. Schacter (Harvard University)

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Duke University)

R. Nathan Spreng (Montreal Neurological Institute)

Peggy L. St. Jacques (University of Sussex)

Nina Strohminger (University of Pennsylvania)

Karl K. Szpunar (University of Illinois, Chicago)