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:

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:


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.

Graduate Students

Research Associates

Vlad Chituc - website:
Greg Stewart

Siyuan Yin


Alisa Bedrov - 2nd year

Carolyn Bell - 2nd year

Scotty Carlson - 2nd year

Sarah Haurin - 2nd year

Masha Feingold - 2nd year

Olivia Lee - 2nd year

Natalia Mesa - 2nd year

Anna Slingerland - 2nd year

Christopher Camp - 3rd year

Ben Sosin - 3rd year

Aurelio Falconi - 4th year

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.


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. 


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:

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).

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:


Duke University

Post-Doctoral Researcher

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: