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Ting earned a B.A. in Philosophy from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, an M.A. in Philosophy and Certificate in Social, Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania, and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin. His research investigates the structure of awareness. Integrating analytic metaphysics with cognitive neuroscience and insights from diverse philosophical traditions such as Buddhism, his work asks how various kinds of awareness – perceptual awareness, meditative awareness, and aesthetic awareness – are similar to one another. His research also has a normative aspect, exploring the cognitive, epistemic and ethical value of awareness.

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Shanna Slank joined the lab in August 2022. Prior to that she was an assistant professor of philosophy at Kansas State University.  She received her PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2019, her MA from Georgia State University in 2012, and her BA from Boston University in 2008. From 2016-2018, she was a visiting student at the Ludwig Maximillian University in Munich.

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Kristina earned a B.A. in Psychology and English from Duke University and went on to earn her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Notre Dame. Kristina studies visual attention, perception, and consciousness as well as how these constructs impact causal and moral reasoning. She is currently using behavioral, eye tracking, and EEG techniques for a multidimensional view. Kristina is also interested in exploring how her research interfaces with philosophical concepts regarding free will and moral responsibility.

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Trey earned a B.A. in Philosophy from Lewis & College Clark, an M.A. in Philosophy from Simon Fraser University, and a Ph.D. in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh. His research focuses on explanation and causal inference in neuroscience, with specific interest in how the robustness of neural functions presents challenges for standard approaches to causal inference in biological systems. Trey also has active interests in philosophy of perception related to attention and vagueness in perceptual representation.

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Graduate Students

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Anna Smith

 After receiving her B.A. in Cognitive Science from Carleton College in 2017, Anna spent two years working with Dr. Michael Yassa on studies of episodic memory mechanisms and performance trajectories associated with healthy and disordered aging. At Duke, Anna’s research centers around what artistic creation and reception can tell us about basic cognitive processes, including attention and memory. For her dissertation work, she is interested in the imaginative and recollective aspects of art viewing; specifically, the contributions of autobiographical memory to aesthetic experience.

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Gabriela earned her B.A. in Psychology from Universidad Javeriana and her M.A. from Universidad de los Andes (Bogotá, Colombia). She worked as Lab Manager in the Laboratory of Moral Judgments and Emotions with Santiago Amaya and William Jiménez-Leal. Currently, she is a Psychology & Neuroscience PhD student working with Felipe De Brigard and Kevin LaBar trying to disentangle the relationship between forgiveness and memory. She is also interested in moral psychology and exhaustion (cognitive and emotional) in the face of adversity.

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Nina Van Rooy

Nina is a Philosophy PhD student at Duke. She earned an M.A. in Philosophy at King’s College, London. She has broad interests in philosophy of psychology and cognitive neuroscience, but she is particularly interested in the relationship between the various levels at which the mind is studied and related issues of reductionism and multiple realizability. She is currently working with Trey Boone and Felipe De Brigard on a project that aims to give a comprehensive account of the ontology and epistemology of neural networks in neuroscience.

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Kevin is a PhD student who joined the lab through the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program. He received a B.S. in Cognitive Science and Computer Science at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he worked in the Rensselaer Artificial Intelligence and Reasoning (RAIR) Lab, and later worked as a computer scientist at the US Naval Research Laboratory (NRL). Currently, Kevin is working with Felipe De Brigard, John Pearson, and NRL to investigate how the brain coordinates cognitive processes (e.g., attention, perception, and memory) to support inference and reasoning in a variety of domains.

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Leonard Faul

 Leonard 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 joined the lab through the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program, and currently works with Kevin LaBar and Felipe De Brigard to investigate the interaction of emotional experiences with memory consolidation and modification. 

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Shenyang Huang

Shenyang joined the lab in 2018 as an undergraduate research assistant. He received a B.S. in Neuroscience and Mathematics from Duke University in 2020. He is now a third-year PhD student in the Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program, and he is interested in investigating how the functional networks of the brain support declarative memory and moral reasoning.


Ricardo Morales 

Ricardo studied psychology in the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile. He later earned a M.Sc. in Neuroscience from the Universidad de Chile, working with Eugenio Rodriguez on the neural correlates of bistable perception. Currently he is a Cognitive Neuroscience PhD student interested in episodic memory, executive functions and counterfactual thinking.

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Lab Manager


Kaylee Miceli

Kaylee earned her B.A. in Neuroscience, Philosophy, and Religion from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2021, where she worked as a research assistant in the Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory Laboratory under Kelly Giovanello. Now, she manages the IMC Lab and coordinates the Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy. She is interested in episodic counterfactual thinking, the philosophy of neuroscience, and the interaction of memory and interpersonal relationships. 

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Research Assistants

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Morgan Biele is a senior intending to major in Neuroscience and is interested in the medical humanities. She is interested in studying how memory and imagination can influence outlook and the way people experience the world around them as positive or negative.
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Anna Ghelfi is a sophomore intending to major in Neuroscience and do a certificate in Digital Intelligence. She is primarily interested in cognitive neuroscience, especially in the relationship between conscious and unconscious behavior. She is currently exploring the relationship between memory and imagination through mental control.
Sarah LoCurto is a senior double-majoring in Neuroscience and Philosophy. She is broadly interested in cognitive neuroscience, moral philosophy, and their intersection, particularly in the context of emotions and mental health.
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Kidest Wolde is an undergraduate student majoring in Philosophy with a minor in Chemistry at Duke University. Research has piqued her interest in neuroscientific studies which translate to her career dreams in neuroscience answering fundamental questions of life, such as the mysteriousness of consciousness—and more generally, phenomenology—and problems in mind-body interaction.
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Sara Rose Shannon is a senior majoring in Neuroscience with minors in Chemistry and Global Health. She is predominantly interested in the neuroscience of consciousness. She is currently exploring the relationship between forgiveness and memory through cognitive and affective processes.
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Daniel Robelo is a freshman studying Neuroscience and Philosophy. He is interested in cognitive neuroscience and the epistemology of perception, particularly how perceptions of reality can differ from person to person, and what underlying biological and epistemological factors contribute to such differences.


past and present

Donna Rose Addis, Rotman Research Institute

Tim Brady, University of California, San Diego

Paul Bello, US Naval Research Laboratory

Roberto Cabeza, Duke University

Simon Davis, Duke University

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

Sangeet Khemlani, US Naval Research Laboratory 

Joshua Knobe, Yale University

Tamar Kushnir, Duke University

Kevin LaBar, Duke University

Kourken Michaelian, Université Grenoble Alpes

John Pearson, Duke University

Sarah Robins, University of Kansas

Zach Rosenthal, Duke University

Daniel L. Schacter, Harvard University

R. Nathan Spreng, McGill University

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Duke University

Peggy L. St. Jacques, University of Alberta

Nina Strohminger, University of Pennsylvania

Karl K. Szpunar, University of Illinois, Chicago

Marty Woldorff, Duke University

Fuchsberg-Levine Family Associate Professor of Philosophy
Associate Professor, Psychology and Neuroscience
Core Faculty, Duke Institute for Brain Sciences & Center for Cognitive Neuroscience

Felipe earned a bachelor's degree from the National University of Colombia, where he studied philosophy and neuropsychology. He earned a masters degree from Tufts University, where he studied philosophy and cognitive science under the direction of Daniel Dennett. Then, he earned a doctoral degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, where he studied philosophy and cognitive neuroscience under the direction of Jesse Prinz and Kelly Giovanello, respectively. Before coming to Duke, he spent two years as a post-doctoral fellow in Daniel Schacter's Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory Lab at Harvard University. With Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, he launched the Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy that have been hosted every year at Duke since 2016.

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