Jorge Moll the Exemplary Neuroscientist

Jorge Moll is a Brazilian Neuroscientist, a member and president of the governing board of the D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR), a non-profit organization aimed at promoting technological and scientific advances in the health sector, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He attended Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and graduated in 1994 and in 1997, he finished Neurology in the same institution. He has a PhD in Experimental Pathophysiology, from the University of Sao Paulo with his thesis being about fMRI, in moral judgement and sensitivity.


He is the current head of Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience Unit and presently affiliated to Instituto D’Or de Pesquisa e Ensino (IDOR). He specializes in Human Neuroscience and is a member of the Society of Neuroscience, Organization of Human Brain Mapping, International Neuroethics Society and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. He is an experienced neuroscientist who has vast expertise in numerous areas including frontopolar cortex, Neurofeedback, Septum of Brain, orbitofrontal cortex, neuropsychiatry and Embodied Cognition, just to name a few.


Jorge along with Joao Ascenso who is a psychologist explained how the brain processes altruistic behavior like volunteer work and donating money. By use of the functional magnetic resonance imaging, they realized that parts activated by pleasurable events were also activated by donating to charity. Their experiment also showed that doing good activates the Septal area and the Subgenual Cortex with both areas related to the feeling of belonging and attachment.


For this experiment the researchers had to recruit a total of 27 soccer fans. Four of the chosen fans had to decide if they wanted to donate for their favorite team or to other non-fans or they wished to keep their money and not donate any. During this exercise the machine checks the functioning of their individual brains.


Understanding the neural mechanisms tangled in the group “belongingness” and pro-group performance can pave way for the development of innovative brain modulation procedures capable of addressing many clinical problems including rebellious behaviors and other psychiatric symptoms such as aggressive attitudes related to sports. Jorge has been very exemplary in neurotics and has helped a lot through his experiments.