Duke University

Research Associates

Vlad Chituc - website:
Greg Stewart

Siyuan Yin


Laura Niemi, PhD (University of Torotono)

Aurelio Falconi

Bryce Gessell is a fourth-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. Website:

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.


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)

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:

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:

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:

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. Email:

Graduate Students

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.

Lab Manager

Principal Investigator

Felipe De Brigard is an 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 a post-doctoral fellow at the Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory Lab at Harvard University (under the direction of Daniel Schacter).


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.



Alisa Bedrov - 3rd year       Carolyn Bell - 3rd year             Scotty Carlson - 3rd year         Sarah Haurin - 3rd year

Shenyang Huang - 3rd year     Olivia Lee - 3rd year          Natalia Mesa - 3rd year            Anna Slingerland - 3rd year       

Christopher Camp - 4th year    Ben Sosin - 4th year