Renowned Brazilian neurologist, Dr. Jorge Moll, has been making headlines for his research and work in the fields of neural bases for behavior, moral cognition and emotions, neuroscience and psychology, and antisocial behavior (to name just a few) for many years. After graduation with a degree in medicine from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in 1994, he chose to specialize in neurology. He completed his PH.D. in Human Physiology at the Univeristy of Sao Paolo in 2004 before being accepted as a fellow at the National Institutes of Health in Maryland, USA. There, he specialized in cognitive neuroscience, igniting his passion and drive for understanding human emotions, personality, and behavior.
Dr. Moll’s research is known throughout the academic world. His studies address how the human brain reacts to act of generosity, through judgement and responses based on morality and emotions, aiming to understand the connection. He also conducted a study in 2006 that examined how the brain behaves when performing acts of generosity toward others. Funded by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Cerebrovascular Diseases, this was the first study of its kind to look at the biological basis for altruism and committing acts of donation. His findings showed that when people committed these acts and puts the needs of others before themselves, the part of the brain that is usually triggered by food and sex was activated, reinforcing their behaviors with a very positive biological reward. Dr. Moll had found the biological cause of and connection to human morality.
After receiving distinct international acclaim for these findings, Dr. Moll and a team of Brazilian scientists began a series of studies on the neural basis of attachment and tenderness. Between 2012 and 2018, they examined these feelings in the realm of belonging to certain social groups. He connected his previous findings on biological altruism, showing that certain types of focal brain injuries can permanently alter an individual’s capacity for altruism and giving.
Dr. Jorge Moll’s published work can be found in the Journal of Neuroscience, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, and other scientific journals.