Jorge Moll, A Successful Neuroscientist and Neurologist

Jorge Moll is a very accomplished neuroscientist in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He is the president, member of the board and senior researcher for the D’Or Institute of Research and Education, a nonprofit organization that promotes scientific and technological advancement in healthcare. In addition to his practice, he is also president of the Instituto D’Or de Pesquisa e Ensino, a medical research institute. He has maintained a General Partnership with VHM Ventures in San Jose, California since March of this year.


Jorge Moll was educated at the University of Sao Paulo and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and yet he was also a visiting research scholar at Stanford University from 2015 to 2016 and a research fellow at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke from 2004 to 2007.

Moll has been a forerunner in the study of how the human brain influences moral behavior and social judgments. He found when researching with other doctors that a functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) could detect that there was a neural basis for human social values. Jorge Moll is a pioneer in Moral cognitive neuroscience, an emerging field of research that focusing on the neural connection to human forms of social understanding and behavior.


Combining fMRI and clinical evidence indicates a consistent network of brain regions are involved in moral cognition. Because of these revealing findings, there are new interpretations of behavioral impairments in patients with brain dysfunction. This revelation requires new approaches to unveil understanding of the complicated link between the single individual, the family, and society at large. It is proposed that a cognitive neuroscience view of how cultural and context-dependent knowledge develop. Complex moral cognition can be explained by logical social knowledge being integrated into our mores and normal expectations.


Jorge Moll’s latest fMRI studies in healthy participants have revealed that moral feelings like guilt generate elements of social meaning in the right superior anterior temporal lobe. These groundbreaking studies are unveiling the brain’s contribution to creating the unhealthy mental environment that leads to depression, psychosis, and sociopathic behavior. With the use of the fMRI to test control individuals compared to participants with the major depressive disorder, the results showed that guilt-selective SCSR-ATL were decoupling and this served as a marker of deficient functional integration. Thus, the brain can reveal why our society is plagued by violent crime. It may simply be the result mental dysfunction or illness.

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