Graduate Students

Laura Niemi, Ph.D. received her graduate training at Boston College in Social Psychology and Social Neuroscience (Ph.D. 2015, advised by Dr. Liane Young at the Morality Lab). She recently completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University (with Dr. Steven Pinker and Dr. Jesse Snedeker), where she completed an interdisciplinary project called The Psycholinguistics of Morality. She is most interested in the cognitive mechanisms and consequences associated with people’s diverse views on morality. To explore this, her research combines theory and methods from moral psychology, cognitive science, psycholinguistics, and neuroscience, and covers topics such as blame, causation, and moral values. Website:

Jackie DeRosa is a full time lab manager at 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. 

Greg Stewart is a full time lab manager at the IMC Lab and project coordinator for the Duke Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy. He graduated from Duke University in the Fall of 2014 with a b.s. in Neuroscience. His interests include memory, imagination, consciousness, emotion, and systems.

Post Doctoral Researcher


Olivia Lee - 1st year

Ben Sossin  - 2nd year

Chris Camp - 2nd year

Camila Vargas - 3rd year

Alisa Bedrov - 1st year

Lab Manager


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)
Jason P Mitchell (Harvard University)

Kevin LaBar (Duke University)

Zach Rosenthal (Duke University)
Daniel L Schacter (Harvard University)
Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Duke University)
R Nathan Spreng (Cornell University)
Peggy L St. Jacques (University of Sussex)
Nina Strohminger (Yale University)
Karl K Szpunar (University of Illinois, Chicago)

Matthew Stanley is currently a PhD student in his first year of the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program. His main interests include the psychology of moral decision making.

Bryce Gessell is a first-year philosophy PhD student interested in psychology, neuroscience, and epistemology. He also enjoys studying how those disciplines are related to the philosophy of science and biology.

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:

Luka Ruzic is a  PhD student in the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program, coming from a B.A. in philosophy and psychology and several years of fMRI research assistance at CU Boulder. He is interested in how psychological research and theory can inform philosophical ideas (especially value, selfhood, and realness), as well as how philosophical insights and attitudes might be of use in psychological research and theory.

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. 

Research Associates

Vlad Chituc - website:

Principal Investigator

Felipe De Brigard is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Duke University and core faculty at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience and the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences (DIBS). He earned a bachelor's degree from the National University of Colombia, where he studied philosophy and neuropsychology, a master's degree from Tufts University, where he studied philosophy and cognitive science (under the direction of Daniel Dennett), and a doctoral degree from 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 post-doctoral fellow at the Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory Lab at Harvard University (under the direction of Daniel Schacter).